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Two Harrisburg Men Charged with Federal Firearm and Drug Trafficking Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 29, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced the indictments by a grand jury in Harrisburg Wednesday of two men charged with federal firearm and drug trafficking violations in separate cases.

     Terrell Ike Luster, 23, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, distribution of a controlled substance and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

     The charges against Luster are a result of allegations that he distributed a controlled substance in Harrisburg, and that he was in possession of a firearm during his drug trafficking activities.

     Luster faces a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on the narcotics offenses and a consecutive five years’ imprisonment on the firearms offenses.

     Derek Eugene Spriggs, 26, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, distribution of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

     Spriggs faces a maximum sentence is 20 years imprisonment on the narcotics offenses and a consecutive five years imprisonment on the firearms offenses.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, the cases are being jointly investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Harrisburg Police Bureau and the Dauphin County Drug Task Force as part of an on-going federal partnership with the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office to address violent crime in Harrisburg.

     In both cases, the firearm that was allegedly possessed was subsequently recovered by law enforcement.

     The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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