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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, January 4, 2022
John C. Gurganus
, United States Attorney

York County Man Sentenced to Five Years’ Imprisonment for Possessing Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

HARRISBURG—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jahzaire Gilliam, age 20, of York, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to five years’ imprisonment for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.  The sentence also included a two-year term of supervised release, which will follow the term of imprisonment.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Gilliam previously admitted that while distributing marijuana in York in March 2021, he possessed a 9mm Century Arms Canik 55 semi-automatic pistol.  The firearm was loaded with 18 rounds.

This case was prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.  Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.  As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the York County Drug Task Force, and the York City Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Carlo D. Marchioli prosecuted the case.

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