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York County Man Sentenced To 100 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking And A Firearm Offense

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 has announced that on February 10, 2022, William Dwayne Shelton, age 50, of Hanover, Pennsylvania, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to 100 months’ imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine hydrochloride and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Shelton’s residence in Hanover, based upon his involvement in narcotics trafficking. During the search of the residence, law enforcement officers seized cocaine, heroin, processing materials, firearms, ammunition, and cash.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force, Pennsylvania State Police, York County Drug Task Force and Penn Township Police Department conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom prosecuted the case.

This case was 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 and opioid 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.

This case was also part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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Updated February 14, 2022

Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses