November 27, 2015

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Guilty plea in heroin trafficking case

SCRANTON – A Monroe County man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that stretched from Stroudsburg to New York to the state of Maine, and a sex trafficking conspiracy in which young women were forced or coerced into engaging in prostitution in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Sirvonn Taylor, 33, of Pocono Summit, admitted to conspiring with others to commit drug trafficking and sex trafficking crimes between 2012 and 2014.

Taylor was indicted along with six other people by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton in September 2015, as a result of an investigation by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police, Maine State Police, the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, and local police in Monroe County.

The indictment alleges that Taylor and his co-defendants formed, joined and participated in a street gang known as the Black P-Stones; that male gang members were “beaten-in” to the gang and female members were “sexed-in” to the gang. The indictment further alleges that Taylor and his co-conspirators obtained heroin in New York and distributed the heroin in Stroudsburg and locations in the state of Maine. According to the indictment, couriers were used to transport heroin from New York to Maine.

In today’s proceeding, Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute in excess of one kilogram of heroin, and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force or coercion.  He faces a mandatory minimum 10-year prison sentence for the drug conspiracy charge, and a mandatory minimum 15-year prison sentence for the sex trafficking charge. He faces a potential maximum sentence of life in prison for each charge.

Others locals charged in the indictment are:

  • Jose Velazquez, 25, of Tobyhanna: conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and conspiracy to  commit sex trafficking by force and coercion
  • Sean Griffin, 21, of East Stroudsburg: conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin

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