The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg returned an indictment on June 26 charging a York City man for drug trafficking and possession of a firearm.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, on December 12, 2012, the Pennsylvania State Police and York City Police arrested Charlie Rivera, age 23, from York. Rivera was wanted by local officials for failing to report for service for a drug trafficking sentence. When officers arrested Rivera, they allegedly found in his vehicle crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and a firearm.
Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio and Special Assistant United States Attorney David Sunday from the York County District Attorney’s Office.
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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
In these particular cases, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is life imprisonment for the defendant and 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.