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York Man Indicted On Drug Trafficking And Firearms Charges

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 Timothy Ray Wright, age 30, of York, Pennsylvania, was indicted on December 20, 2017, by a federal grand jury with drug trafficking and firearms violations.


According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that on August 17, 2017, Wright possessed with intent to distribute cocaine, cocaine base and fentanyl.  It is further alleged that Wright possessed a 9mm Walther Creed pistol as a previously convicted felon, and possessed the firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.


The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the York County Drug Task Force, assisted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.  Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy is prosecuting the case.


This case was brought as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership (“VCRP”), a district wide initiative to combat the spread of violent crime in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the VCRP consists of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies whose mission is to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit violent crimes with firearms.


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 the drug trafficking offenses is 20 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine; the maximum penalty for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking is life in prison.  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 December 21, 2017

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