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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 21, 2020

Harrisburg Man Sentenced To Five Years’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Shaquan Jones, age 25, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on September 18, 2020, by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer Wilson to 60 months’ imprisonment for possession of a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute it.  Jones had entered a guilty plea to the charges in February 2020.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the charges arose from a September 26, 2018, arrest by the Harrisburg Bureau of Police of Jones. Dauphin County Probation and Parole Officers were dealing with another individual on supervision when they encountered Jones. During their interaction with him, they realized he had a gun in his pocket. They also knew that Jones was previously convicted of drug trafficking, because Jones had just completed parole three days earlier. Harrisburg Police responded and found that Jones was in possession of a stolen handgun. During the arrest, police also recovered two bags of crack cocaine.

Judge Wilson cited Jones’ long criminal history and the circumstances of the incident as aggravating factors for the sentence.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Harrisburg Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio prosecuted the case.

This case is also part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local and tribal enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce crime.

                       

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated September 21, 2020