West Hazleton Man Sentenced To 10 Years’ Imprisonment For Crack Cocaine Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on August 19, 2021, Randell Bruton-Scott, age 34, of West Hazleton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 120 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release, by United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani, for crack cocaine trafficking and firearms offenses.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Bruton-Scott previously pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing with intent to distribute between 28 and 112 grams of crack cocaine in May and June 2019.  Bruton-Scott also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition that were recovered during a search warrant executed at his West Hazleton residence on June 20, 2019.  Due to his significant criminal history, Bruton-Scott was deemed a career offender subject to enhanced potential penalties.

The matter was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosive, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and the West Hazleton Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.”

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