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Case Number: 3:20-cr-00268-MEM
Judge: Malachy E. Mannion
Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Lackawanna County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office
Description: Scranton, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney represented defendant charged with distribution of meth.
Emmanuel Roman-Figueroa, age 39, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to possessing 120 kilograms of 100% pure methamphetamine for distribution.
On October 8, 2020, Roman-Figueroa met his co-defendants, Julio Romero-Mancebo and David Jusino Ramirez, both of New Jersey, at a truck stop off interstate 80 in Sugarloaf Township. Romero-Mancebo and Jusino-Ramirez had transported the methamphetamine in the cab of a tractor trailer from California to the Hazleton area. When they arrived at the truck stop the 120 kilograms of methamphetamine was placed into Roman-Figueroa’s vehicle. The methamphetamine had a street value of over $2 million. Immediately after the methamphetamine was placed in the vehicle, law enforcement officers arrested all three individuals. It is noted that approximately three months earlier, on July 2, 2020, Roman-Figueroa was stopped by the Hazleton Police Department for a traffic violation and $371,500 in drug proceeds were seized from his vehicle.
Co-defendant David Jusino Ramirez was convicted by jury on October 29, 2021, on drug trafficking charges and is awaiting sentencing. Julio Romero-Mancebo pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and is awaiting sentencing.The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Hazleton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.
POSSESS WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Outcome: The defendant is hereby committed to the custody of the US BOP to be imprisoned for a term of 180 months. Upon release from imprisonment, the defendant shall be placed on supervised release for a term of 5 years. The defendant shall pay a special assessment of $100 which is due immediately. Count one is dismissed on motion of the government.