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California Couple Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking in Pennsylvania

Desiree Haros
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SCRANTON - On September 21, 2023, Tanya Stanger, aged 33, of San Yisidro, California, was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Matthew W. Brann for her involvement in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl. Tanya and her husband, Bryce Stanger, aged 34, both residents of San Yisidro, California, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and over 400 grams of fentanyl.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on August 25, 2021, when members of the Pennsylvania State Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Union County. Bryce and Tanya Stanger were the occupants of the vehicle at the time. Subsequent to the stop, law enforcement conducted a thorough search of the vehicle, leading to the seizure of approximately thirty pounds of high-quality crystal methamphetamine and more than a kilogram of fentanyl. Further investigation revealed that the defendants were transporting these dangerous drugs from California to Hazleton, Pennsylvania, with the intention of further distribution.

Bryce Stanger is presently awaiting sentencing, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania remains committed to pursuing justice in this case.


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