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April 25, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced the filing of a nine-count indictment,* charging defendants EDWIN E. SCOTT and HOWARD A. WILLIS with one count of conspiracy to distribute and posess with intent to distribute 5- grams or more of “crack” cocaine, two counts of distributing more than 50 grams of “crack” cocaine, two count of possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of “crack” cocaine, one count of unlawful use of a communication facility in committing a drug offense, and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The indictment alleges that, on June 20, 2006, Scott sold more than 5 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent, and that, on July 27, 2006 and August 3, 2006, Scott sold more than 50 grams of crack cocaine to an undercover agent. The indictment further alleges that Willis supplied the crack cocaine to Scott for the July 27 and August 3, 2006 sales. On August 24, 2006, ATF Special Agents, Pennsylvania Bureau of Narcotics Investigations Agents and Philadelphia Police officers arrested Scott and Willis and searched their homes. According to the indictment, Willis was in possession of more than 50 grams of crack cocaine on his person and in his home, and five firearms, including an M-11 semiautomatic pistol and a Taurus semiautomatic pistol, were found in Willis’ residence.

This indictment is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, an initiative by the United States Attorney’s Office, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Philadelphia Police Department, to identify and prosecute firearms offenders in federal court, where the defendants are likely to receive a substantial sentence upon conviction. If convicted, defendant SCOTT faces a maximum and mandatory minimum sentence of lifetime imprisonment, a multi-million dollar fine and a $500 special assessment. If convicted, defendant WILLIS faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 months, a multi-million dollar fine and a $600 special assessment.



AGE [Date of Birth]

Edwin E. Scott

Philadelphia, PA

51 years old

Howard A. Willis

Philadelphia, PA

47 years old

This case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney K.T. Newton.

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Philadelphia, PA 19106

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*An Indictment or Information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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