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Chambersburg Man Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

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 today that Dexton Brunson, age 44, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment charges Brunson with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana and criminal conspiracy. The charges arise out of an incident that occurred on December 8, 2016, when Brunson’s home was searched by the Pennsylvania State Police and the United States Marshals Service that led to the discovery of cocaine and marijuana in his home.


The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, the United States Marshals Service and the Harrisburg Resident Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant United States Attorney William A. Behe is prosecuting the case.


Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


The maximum penalty under federal law for each drug charge is a 20-year term of imprisonment. A term of supervised release following imprisonment must be imposed as well as a potential fine of $1 million dollars. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.


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Updated March 22, 2017

Drug Trafficking