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Philadelphia Man Guilty of Violating Federal Drug and Gun Laws

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

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Philadelphia, PA, was found guilty after a four-day jury trial of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

John T. Terry, 47, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine and cocaine, between March 30, 2018, and April 4, 2018.

Further, Senior District Judge Kim R. Gibson found Terry guilty of possessing a loaded Smith & Wesson M&P Shield .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol at the time of his arrest. On June 2, 1998, Terry was convicted in United States District Court for the Eastern District of PA, 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 scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 31, 2023.

The law provides for a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of up to $31,000,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed on each of the defendants would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendants.

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

Updated August 30, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses