Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Trafficking

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that William Heck, age 41, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on January 5, 2023, before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to a charge of possession with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and additional amounts of fentanyl.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Heck admitted to possessing more than fifty grams of methamphetamine and additional amounts of fentanyl for distribution in the Hazleton area of Luzerne County in 2020.  The charges stem from an incident on October 2, 2020, in which members of the Pennsylvania State Police served a search warrant at a residence in Hazleton, where Heck was living, and seized 226 grams of methamphetamine, 2,464 packets of fentanyl, $4,452 in U.S. currency, and other items of drug paraphernalia.

The charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.  Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.

Under federal law, Heck faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison for the drug trafficking charge, up to a maximum sentence of forty years in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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