Renovo man gets 15 years for distribution

WILLIAMSPORT — Larry Eason, also known as “Tree,” age 34, of Renovo, was sentenced on July 12, to 15 years imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann for conspiracy to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Eason pled guilty in December 2016, to conspiracy to distribute 1,000 grams or more of heroin. One thousand grams of heroin is the equivalent of approximately 40,000 individual doses of potentially fatal heroin.

Judge Brann found that from January 2014 through March 2015, Eason managed and supervised more than five participants in a conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, MDMA, and prescription pills, including oxycodone, to drug users and sellers in Williamsport and Lycoming, and Clinton Counties. The conspirators used mobile phones, social media, four addresses in Williamsport, and multiple motor vehicles to carry out drug distribution activities.

The conspirators also bought, sold, traded, and possessed firearms in exchange for cash and controlled substances and to facilitate the distribution of controlled substances.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Brann also ordered that a probation officer supervise Eason for five years following his release from prison, and pay a $1,500 fine. Judge Brann also ordered a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $1 million.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with substantial support and assistance from the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office, the Old Lycoming Township Police Department, the Williamsport Bureau of Police, the Northumberland-Montour County Drug Task Force, the United States Marshals Service and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel prosecuted the case.

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 ofPennsylvania 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.

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