Thursday, September 21, 2023

Schuylkill Man Pleads Guilty to Crystal Methamphetamine Trafficking in Federal Court

A Pottsville admitted in Federal Court to trafficking methamphetamine into Schuylkill County.

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Javier Guzman, a 51-year-old resident of Pottsville pleaded guilty on September 20, 2023, before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, to a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Guzman confessed to being in possession of a substantial quantity of high-quality crystal methamphetamine, ranging between 50 and 200 grams, with the intent to distribute it within the Schuylkill County area during the year 2022. The charge against Guzman was a result of an extensive investigation during which law enforcement officers conducted purchases of high-quality crystal methamphetamine from him in Schuylkill County in March 2022.

This federal case was initiated through a collaborative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Schuylkill County Drug Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara has been assigned the responsibility of prosecuting this 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.

Under federal law, the charge Guzman faces carries a maximum potential sentence of up to twenty years in federal prison, subject to supervised release and the imposition of fines. Following a determination of guilt, the sentencing will be determined by Judge Mariani, who will take into account applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.