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Bensalem Man Sentenced To 20 Years’ Imprisonment For Fentanyl Trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Tarik Wilson, age 24, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 20 years’ imprisonment for conspiring to distribute fentanyl. The Court also ordered a five-year term of supervised release to follow the term of imprisonment.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Wilson previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute fentanyl and a fentanyl analogue between March and May 2022 in Lebanon and Bucks Counties. As part of his plea, Wilson also admitted to distributing fentanyl in Lebanon County in April 2020, resulting in the deaths of two individuals.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Lebanon County Drug Task Force, the Bucks County Drug Task Force, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

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Updated April 28, 2023

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking