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Philadelphia Man Sentenced To 210 Months’ Imprisonment On Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Nathan Crowder, age 32, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 210 months' imprisonment followed by a four-year term of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann for conspiring to distribute heroin and a mixture of heroin and carfentanil. 

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, during a three-day period in June 2017, there was a rash of drug overdoses in Williamsport.  At the time, UPMC Susquehanna in Williamsport and Wellsboro reported treating 51 such cses within a 48-hour period.

Two of Crowder’s co-conspirators, Markeese Askew and Wayne Davidson pleaded guilty in October 2020 to the same charge.  Davidson was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment in March.  Askew faces a minimum sentence of 11 years’ imprisonment.  Raymond Howard, the fourth individual indicted in the case, was convicted after a five-day jury trial in October and awaits sentencing. He faces a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment. 

In total, Crowder and the three co-conspirators were charged with delivering a mixture of heroin and carfentanil that resulted in serious bodily injury to eight individuals.

The case was investigated by the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Enforcement Unit, Montoursville Police Department, Old Lycoming Township Police Department, South Williamsport Police Department, Williamsport Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Alisan V. Martin and Geoffrey W. MacArthur prosecuted the case.

This case is 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. This case was brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin. 

This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.


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Updated March 26, 2021

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking