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Western District of Pennsylvania

Monday, November 5, 2018

Philadelphia Felon Charged with Illegally Possessing Meth, Cocaine and a Pistol

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Pennsylvania man was indicted on October 16, 2018, by a federal grand jury in Johnstown, on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The three-count indictment named John T. Terry, 43, of Philadelphia, Pa.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on April 4, 2018, Terry possessed with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine. Also, on April 4, 2018, he was found in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. On June. 2, 1998, Terry was convicted in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania of interference with interstate commerce by robbery, which is a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. Federal law prohibits persons who have been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year from possessing firearms. Terry is also charged with possessing that same firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $10,500,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Special Assistant United States Attorney Arnold Bernard, Jr. is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police, Somerset Turnpike Barracks, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Terry.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated November 5, 2018