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Hazleton Man Faces Federal Drug, Gun Charges

April 9, 2019

A Hazleton man faces federal charges after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District says he had control of drugs and guns late last year. Edward Gonzalez, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury April 2 for drug trafficking and firearms violations. The indictment alleges he possessed and intended to deliver over 500 grams of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana in Hazleton on Nov. 30. Five hundred grams is a little over one pound. It also alleges he had a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Pennsylvania State Police investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer. The Department of Justice reinvigorated the program in 2017 as part of a 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 strategies to reduce violent crime. This case was also brought as part of a district wide Heroin Initiative which combats the nationwide heroin epidemic. That too is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement. — STAFF REPORT