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Harrisburg Man Indicted On Drug Trafficking And Firearms 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 Jimmy Jivens, age 42, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on November 8, 2017, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Jivens possessed with the intent to distribute crack cocaine on March 23, 2017, in Harrisburg.  The indictment also alleges that Jivens unlawfully possessed two firearms (.357 Ruger revolver and AKS 7.62 rifle) and ammunition as a previously convicted felon and possessed the firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.


The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Harrisburg Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli


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 with firearms.


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 this offense is a lifetime term of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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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Updated November 9, 2017

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