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Beaver County Drug Dealer Goes Back to Federal Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to another 36 months of incarceration as a result of violating his federal supervision, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge T. McVerry imposed the sentence on Lawrence Poe Williams, formerly of New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Williams was on both federal supervision and state parole during March and April of 2015. Within that one-month period, he was charged with four different drug-related cases. On March 11, 2015, members of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Task Force placed calls to the defendant in an effort to make a controlled purchase of drugs. Williams’ girlfriend later actually delivered the drugs. On March 27, 2015, police stopped the defendant in a vehicle and found him to possess $1,923.00 in cash and a key to a hotel. A scan of the money revealed high levels of drugs. On April 6, 2015, police stopped individuals coming from Williams’ residence. They possessed crack cocaine they admitted to buying from Williams. On April 10, 2015, the defendant’s residence was searched and police located: cocaine; MDEA (a methamphetamine-like drug); heroin; electronic scales, cellphones; pills; and approximately $641.00 in cash.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge T. McVerry considered Williams’ eleven prior convictions and determined that the 36 month sentence was “sufficient, but not greater than necessary”.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt of the Violent Crime Section prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended The United States Probation Office, The Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, The Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the New Brighton Area Police Department, The Center Township Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution ofWilliams.

Updated September 8, 2016