SCRANTON, PA – Darius Jamal Scott, a 46-year-old resident of Tobyhanna, PA, was sentenced on December 7, 2023, to 72 months in federal prison by United States District Judge Robert D. Mariani. The sentencing, announced by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, follows Scott's involvement in heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine trafficking in the Tobyhanna and surrounding areas of Monroe County.
According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Scott was part of a conspiracy that operated from approximately April 2022 until June 15, 2022. During this period, Scott and his associates distributed over 40 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mixture, along with more than 100 grams of cocaine. The distribution took place in Tobyhanna and its neighboring areas.
Of particular concern was Scott's criminal history, as he was already on state parole for a prior handgun offense at the time of committing this federal narcotics offense. This compounded the severity of his actions and factored into the sentencing decision.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Mariani emphasized the gravity of Scott's offenses and imposed a 72-month federal prison sentence. Additionally, the judge ordered that Scott's federal sentence would run consecutively to a 24-month sentence previously received for violating state parole.
This case underscores the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in addressing drug trafficking issues in the region. The commitment to holding individuals accountable for their involvement in illegal drug activities remains a priority for the United States Attorney’s Office.
Scott's 72-month imprisonment will be followed by a 4-year period of supervised release, during which he will be closely monitored to ensure compliance with legal requirements. This sentencing serves as a stern warning to those engaged in drug trafficking activities, emphasizing the severe consequences that await those who jeopardize the safety and well-being of the community.