Jim Thorpe Man Indicted On Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses
SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Isaiah Moore-Brown, age 28, a Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania resident, was indicted on April 25, 2017, by a federal grand jury on crack cocaine trafficking, cocaine trafficking, and firearms charges.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment charges Moore-Brown with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine base (crack), and with possessing with the intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, from December 1, 2012 through January 11, 2017. Moore-Brown also is charged with possessing a firearm (Springfield Arms .45, Ruger LC .380, and Smith and Wesson .9mm) in furtherance of his narcotics trafficking and with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of the firearms and ammunition.
The matter was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. Assistant United States Attorney Phillip J. Caraballo is prosecuting the case.
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 penalties under federal law for the charges are life imprisonment. The charge for conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute over 28 grams of crack cocaine, and the charge for possessing a firearm in furtherance of narcotics trafficking each carry a five-year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment. 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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