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July 25, 2007 - United States Attorney Patrick L. Meehan today announced the filing of a four-count indictment* charging Joseph Santilla, Jr. with distribution of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, distribution of more than five grams of cocaine base (“crack”) and possession with intent to distribute more than fifty grams of cocaine base (“crack”).

The indictment alleges that on October 17, 2006, Santilla distributed cocaine and that on December 8, 2006, he distributed nearly 50 grams of “crack” cocaine. The indictment further alleges that on December 20, 2006, Santilla possessed with the intent to distribute both cocaine and “crack” cocaine, including nearly 70 grams of “crack” cocaine.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a federal initiative designed to identify and prosecute firearms and narcotics offenders in federal court, where the defendant is likely to receive a substantial sentence upon conviction. If convicted, Santilla faces a maximum of life imprisonment including a 10-year mandatory minimum term of incarceration, five years up to lifetime supervised release, a $8,000,000 fine, and a $400 special assessment.



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Joseph Santilla, Jr.
Havertown, PA

This case was investigated by the Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT), comprised of the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department. The case has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Joseph J. Khan.

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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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