Stroud Township Man Charged With Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses
SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that James Williams, III, a/k/a “Dilly,” age 30, of Stroud Township, Pennsylvania, was indicted on May 8, 2018, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.
According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Williams conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine beginning in 2017 in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The indictment further charges Williams with distribution and possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Stroudsburg High School on two occasions in March and April of this year. Williams was also charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams and more of cocaine on May 3, 2018. The indictment further alleged that Williams, a convicted felon, illegally possessed three firearms, one of which was stolen and had an obliterated serial number, and possessed of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Stroud Regional Police Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni is prosecuting the case.
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 this offense is life in prison, 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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