HARRISBURG, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kyle Jones, age 25, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.
According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that on March 17, 2021, Jones possessed with the intent to distribute over 500 grams of methamphetamine and over 40 grams of fentanyl in Dauphin County. The indictment also alleges that Jones possessed a loaded Ruger .40 caliber pistol with an obliterated serial number, and a loaded Hi-Point .380 caliber pistol, in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities. At the time of the offense, the indictment alleges that Jones had been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, making him a person prohibited to possess a firearm.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. (ATF), the Susquehanna Township Police Department, and the Dauphin County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime M. Keating is prosecuting 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 also 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.
The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is a life term of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.
Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.
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