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Lancaster County Man Charged With 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 Jose Alvarez-Carrillo, age 65, of Columbia, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 15, 2021 by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking.

According to U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment charges Alvarez-Carrillo with two counts of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. It alleged that the offenses took place in York County between April and May 2021. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian T. Haugsby is prosecuting 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.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged by indictment 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 penalty under federal law for the offenses charged in the indictment is life imprisonment, a $10 million fine, and up to lifetime supervised release.  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.


Updated December 16, 2021

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking