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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 18, 2021

Pottsville Man Charged With Drug Trafficking And Firearm Offenses

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on November 16, 2021, Casian Amir Jackson-Flowers, age 21, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking and firearm offenses.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment charges Flowers with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine. The indictment also charges Flowers with possessing a Ruger P89 8mm pistol, with an obliterated serial number, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pottsville Police Department.  Assistant United States Attorney James Buchanan is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve 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 law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

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 penalty under federal law for these offenses is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Prescription Drugs
Firearms Offenses
Updated November 18, 2021