Bethlehem man sentenced for 7 years in prison for Hanover Twp. arrest


SCRANTON — A Bethlehem man arrested in Hanover Township was sentenced Friday to more than seven years in prison for cocaine dealing and other related offenses.

Clyford Francois, 38, was sentenced for possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute, as well as possessing two firearms to further his narcotics trafficking, according to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

Francois was arrested by Hanover Township police with over 12 grams of cocaine and two loaded firearms — a Smith and Wesson 9mm and a Titan .25 caliber — during a routine traffic stop.

He admitted that he intended to sell the cocaine, and some of the recovered $612 in cash was from prior cocaine sales.

Francois was indicted by a grand jury in December 2015 and pleaded guilty pursuant to a plea agreement on Sept. 6, 2016. He has been in custody since his arrest.

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By Melanie Mizenko

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Reach Melanie Mizenko at 570-991-6116 or on Twitter @TL_MMizenko

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