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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dauphin County Man Indicted Federally For Drug Trafficking And Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of Drug Trafficking

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Dauphin County man was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 27, 2016, for distribution of cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute over 28 grams of cocaine base, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleges that Torray D. Eden, age 30, distributed cocaine base in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on June 14, 2016.  A search of Eden’s vehicle located approximately two ounces of cocaine and a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  During the drug deal Eden allegedly possessed this firearm in furtherance of the drug transaction.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Harrisburg Bureau of Police.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.  

This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes.

Indictments 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 Count 1 is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $5,000,000 fine; Count 2 is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $1,000,000 fine; Count 3 is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. 

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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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated July 28, 2016