SCRANTON — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Intermediate District of Pennsylvania announced that Gerinardo Rivera, aka “Gerry,” 52, of Plains, Pennsylvania, Ramon Severino Fernandez, aka “Yuca,” 40, of Kingston, Pennsylvania , Andrew Pope, 44, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and Kevin Davis, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that between May 2021 and April 2022 in Luzerne County, Rivera, Fernandez, Pope, and Davis conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana. Rivera, Fernandez and Davis are also charged with possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl and over 500 grams of methamphetamine on April 22, 2022. Rivera and Fernandez are also charged with distributing quantities of methamphetamine and fentanyl on various dates between December 2021. and March 2022. The indictment also alleges that between January 2022 and April 2022, Davis maintained a residence on North Meade Street in Wilkes-Barre for the purposes of manufacturing, storing and drug distribution.

“In addition to a substantial amount of methamphetamine and other drugs, these defendants are charged with trafficking enough fentanyl to supply more than 16,000 doses on the streets of Wilkes-Barre and other communities in our district, and each dose is a potential overdose death pending. happen,” U.S. Attorney Gerald M. Karam said. “This indictment is the product of an ongoing partnership between state and federal law enforcement authorities. With this kind of joint approach, we can mobilize all available resources to combat drug trafficking. in our communities. With the opioid epidemic still raging and Pennsylvanians still dying of drug overdoses at an alarming rate, we will not relent in our efforts to stop this wave of illegal drugs from entering our state. .

“Today’s indictment holds these defendants accountable for their role in smuggling dangerous drugs into our communities and fueling an epidemic that is claiming the lives of 14 Pennsylvanians every day. I am grateful for the work of our law enforcement partners to get drug traffickers off our streets and help keep our communities safe,” said Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, the Narcotics Investigation Bureau of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Hardik are pursuing the case.

This case was brought as part of a district-wide initiative to address the national epidemic regarding heroin use and distribution. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the heroine initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who commit heroin-related offenses ‘heroin.]

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a period of supervised release after imprisonment and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the judge after consideration of applicable federal sentencing laws and federal sentencing guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All accused persons are presumed innocent unless and until found guilty by a court.

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