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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Judge Sentences Harrisburg Man To 25 Years Imprisonment For Cocaine Trafficking

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Harrisburg man described as a danger to the community was sentenced today by a federal judge to a long prison term for conspiracy and distribution of cocaine and crack.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Senior United States District Judge William Caldwell sentenced Dawan Maynard, age 41, of Harrisburg, to 25 years in prison. Judge Caldwell noted that Maynard’s criminal history including violence and firearms demonstrated his danger to the community. Furthermore, Maynard’s extensive prior periods of incarceration had failed to deter him from reengaging in criminal conduct. Maynard has prior convictions for robbery and attempted murder. 

     On September 12, 2013, Judge Caldwell sentenced co-defendant Michael Morris, age 46, of Harrisburg to 262 months in prison. At that sentencing proceeding, Judge Caldwell noted Morris’s three prior drug trafficking convictions. Both Maynard and Morris were convicted by a jury in April 2013.

     The three-year investigation into the activities of Dawan Maynard was spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with Dauphin County Drug Task Force.  The indictment charged Maynard and his co-conspirator with using threats of violence and intimidation to acquire cocaine from other area drug traffickers. 

     The U.S. Attorney’s Office publicly acknowledged and thanked the law enforcement agencies who assisted in this investigation and successful prosecution, including the Dauphin County Criminal Investigation Division, Middletown Bureau Police Department, Lower Paxton Township Police Department, the Harrisburg Bureau of Police, and the Pennsylvania State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Consiglio.

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Updated April 9, 2015