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Williamsport Man Indicted On Drug Trafficking And Firearms Charges

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 Richard Ansley, age 39, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was indicted on August 11, 2022, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearms charges.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Ansley with distribution of fentanyl on December 2, 2021, and with illegally possessing a .45 caliber Glock pistol on December 6, 2021, in Lycoming County.

The matter was investigated by the Lycoming County Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Alisan V. Martin 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

This case was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin and other opioids. 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 opioid related offenses.

The maximum penalty for the most serious offense is up to 20 years in prison, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  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.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated August 23, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses