Tobyhanna Man Allegedly Dealing Drugs in Monroe and Luzerne County Indicted
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 14, 2010|
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that the federal grand jury sitting in Scranton has indicted Hector Guzman-Lopez, age 24, of Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania, on drug trafficking charges.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the indictment alleges that between March 2009, and March 10, 2010, Guzman-Lopez conspired with others to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than five grams of cocaine base (crack). The indictment also alleges that Guzman-Lopez distributed cocaine in Monroe County on October 13, 2009, and possessed with the intent to distribute both cocaine and cocaine base in Luzerne County on March 10, 2010.
If convicted of all charges, Guzman-Lopez faces up to 80 years’ imprisonment and/or a $4,000,000 fine.
The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney John Gurganus.
An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.