Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Trafficking Cocaine

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Felix Enrique Carrion, age 49, of Dingman’s Ferry, Pennsylvania, was sentenced this week to 94 months imprisonment to be followed by 6 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Carrion previously admitted that he conspired to distribute and distributed cocaine and other controlled substances, including valium and oxycodone.  Carrion was arrested by authorities after service of a search warrant at his residence resulted in the seizure of cocaine and drug packaging materials.

Walter Valdivia, Jr. was also arrested at the time of the search at Carrion’s residence. Valdivia was convicted of being a felon in possession of a shotgun which he was reaching for at the time police secured entrance. Valdivia was sentenced to 33 months’ imprisonment in June 2021.

The case was investigated by the ATF and the Pike County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd K. Hinkley prosecuted the case.

This case was part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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