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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2016

York Man Indicted For Distributing Large Quantities

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jeff Smith, age 29, of York, Pennsylvania, was indicted on November 9, 2016, by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Smith possessed with the intent to distribute over 280 grams of crack cocaine from 2014 through his arrest on October 5, 2016. The distribution of 280 grams or more of crack cocaine carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.     

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the York City Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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 lifetime 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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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated November 10, 2016