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Date: 06-06-2024

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United States of America v. Lee Crawford

Case Number: 3:13-cr-00051

Judge: Malachy E. Mannion

Court: The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Lackawanna County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: The United States Attorney’s Office in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Defendant's Attorney: Robert M. Buttner


Scranton, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyer Robert M. Buttner represented the Defendant charged with Fentanyl Trafficking

Luzerne County Man Sentenced To 144 Months’ Imprisonment For Fentanyl Trafficking

Lee Crawford, age 62, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty and admitted to conspiring with other individuals to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl in the Luzerne County area between July 2020 and February 2021. Investigators made several purchases of fentanyl from Crawford and then obtained a search warrant for Crawford’s residence in Wilkes-Barre, where an additional amount of fentanyl was seized. Crawford also admitted to a separate charge of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl resulting from the search of his residence. Crawford was indicted by a grand jury sitting in Scranton in March 2021.

The charges against the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Kingston Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.


Defendant was found guilty and sentenced to 144 months’ imprisonment

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