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Harrisburg Man Sentenced To 156 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug 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 Joe Willie Williams, Jr., age 42, formerly of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 29, 2021, to 156 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for possession with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine hydrochloride and 28 grams and more of cocaine base.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, a joint investigation by DEA and the Dauphin County Drug Taskforce revealed that Williams was trafficking cocaine in the Harrisburg area. During a vehicle stop police seized 127 grams of cocaine concealed in the vehicle Williams was driving. After obtaining a search warrant, a search of Williams’ residence on March 10, 2020 was conducted.  During the search, law enforcement determined the residence to be a “stash house.”  Officers located 224 grams of cocaine base (crack) packaged for sale, over four kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride (powder), a digital scale, a large quantity of United States currency, a money counter, drug packaging, cutting agents, and cookware containing cocaine residue, among other items indicative of drug trafficking.

Williams was previously convicted in 2006 before the Middle District of Pennsylvania District Court and was sentenced to 190 months’ imprisonment for his conviction of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Dauphin County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daryl Bloom prosecuted the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.


Updated November 3, 2021

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