The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced this week that Aaron Bangaroo, age 37, of Kingston, Luzerne County, pleaded guilty on January 24, 2018, before U.S. District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani to possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Bangaroo admitted to possessing heroin for further distribution in Luzerne County in July 2015, and to possessing firearms in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.
Investigators made a number of purchases of packets containing heroin from Bangaroo, and then obtained a search warrant for Banagroo’s residence in Kingston, where additional amounts of heroin and two loaded firearms were found.
Judge Mariani ordered a presentence report to be completed. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.
The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Kingston Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara is prosecuting the case.
Under federal law the firearms charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, which must be served consecutively to any other sentence. The heroin trafficking charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.