PITTSBURGH – A Reynoldsville man has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, on his conviction of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced Wednesday.
This prosecution is the result of a nine-month Title III wiretap investigation into drug trafficking in and around the counties of Jefferson, Clearfield and Allegheny.
U.S. District Judge Christy Criswell Wiegand imposed the sentence on Brenton Ryans, 36.
According to information presented to the court, Ryans received parcels that were shipped from California containing a total of between five and 15 kilograms of methamphetamine.
Investigators searched Ryans’ residence on Aug. 31, 2021, pursuant to a federal search warrant and seized a small amount of methamphetamine and a firearm.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
Olshan commended the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Internal Revenue Service, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Allegheny County Police and Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Ryans.
Also assisting were the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Clearfield County District Attorney’s Office and the Clarion Borough Police Department.
This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation.
OCDETF identifies, disrupts and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.