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Two New York Men Indicted For Transporting Cocaine And Heroin

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 today that Jerry Fruit, age 36, and Tykei Garner, age 33, both of New York City, were indicted on November 16, 2016, by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and over 100 grams of heroin. 

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the Pennsylvania State Police conducted a traffic stop on a car traveling on I-81 near Harrisburg on July 5, 2016.  During the stop, the Pennsylvania State Police found over 100 grams of heroin, which is the equivalent of approximately 4,000 individual doses, and an unspecified amount of cocaine. 

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Scott Ford. 

This case was 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.

Indictments and Criminal Informations 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 40 years of 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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Updated November 17, 2016

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