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Tobyhanna Man Gets Three Years for Drug and Gun Violations

SCRANTON – Ronald McKenna, 41, Tobyhanna, was sentenced on June 30, 2021, to 36 months by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, McKenna pleaded guilty to distributing between 80 and 100 grams of heroin (which is the equivalent of 3,200 to 4,000 individual doses) and accepting a firearm in exchange for heroin.

McKenna was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 1, 2019. The indictment alleged that McKenna distributed heroin in Monroe County between September 2016 and February 2019. The illegal gun trade was alleged to have occurred in February 2019, when the feds say that Joshua Tanner, 36, of East Stroudsburg, gave a gun to McKenna in exchange for heroin. Tanner had previous felony convictions, which made his gun possession a felony.

Tanner was convicted and, on June 21, 2021, he was sentenced by Mannion to 36 months for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni prosecuted both men. This case was brought as part of a district-wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin 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.

This prosecution is part of an extensive investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking and is the nation’s primary tool for disrupting and dismantling major drug trafficking organizations, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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