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Williamsport man indicted on federal drug charges

April 28, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Williamsport returned an indictment today charging a Williamsport man for distributing crack cocaine.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Earl Sampson, age 53, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and the distribution of crack cocaine. The indictment alleges that between January 1, 1996 and October 2, 2007, Sampson, along with other previously charged co-conspirators, distributed over 280 grams of crack cocaine in the Williamsport Area.

     If convicted of the offense, Sampson, could be imprisoned for up to life and fined up to $10,000,000.

     The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Simmers.


An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pled guilty to the charges.

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