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York Man Indicted For Federal 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 Quan Leroy Gross, 44, of York, Pennsylvania was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The indictment charged Gross with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, that being crack cocaine.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the charges against Gross are a result of allegations that he was engaged in drug trafficking activities in York, Pennsylvania in June 2015.  In addition, Gross is charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking at the time of his arrest.

Gross was detained today following his detention hearing before United States Magistrate Chief Judge Martin C. Carlson.  A trial date has been scheduled for September 12, 2016 before United States District Court Judge William W. Caldwell.

Gross faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years imprisonment and a statutory maximum of life imprisonment.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Harrisburg Police Bureau.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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.

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 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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Updated July 7, 2016

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