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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Jury Convicts Lancaster Man For International Drug Trafficking And Money Laundering

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Dwayne Sherman, age 48, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury on money laundering and drug trafficking conspiracy charges after a six-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson.   

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the evidence introduced at trial showed that on three occasions between October 2015 and January 2016, Sherman delivered over $555,000 in cash to an informant working with the FBI. Each of the deliveries happened in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The money was transported to San Diego, California and then smuggled across the border into Tijuana, Mexico. During the years of the conspiracy, Sherman made numerous trips across the border into Mexico, including in late March 2016.  In April 2016, police in Los Angeles, California, stopped Sherman’s vehicle and found him in possession of two kilograms of cocaine and 15,000 pills, some of which contained methamphetamine.

The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, the Hawthorne (California) Police Department, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael A. Consiglio and Carl Marchioli prosecuted the case.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 40 years 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.

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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated September 13, 2022