SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Wilver Veras, a/k/a “Gavi,” age 31, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment to be followed by five years on supervised release on June 29, 2021, by U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani for conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine.
According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Veras previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess and distribute 50 grams and more of actual methamphetamine throughout Hazleton and other parts of Luzerne County. Veras’s involvement in the charged conspiracy began in January 2018 and ended with his arrest in September 2018.
The case was investigated jointly by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski prosecuted the case.
This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement 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 enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce crime.
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