For Immediate Release
York Man Indicted for Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses
HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Jose David Santiago-Curet, age 22, of York, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking and firearm offenses.
According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Santiago-Curet possessed with the intent to distribute cocaine base, possessed a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and possessed a firearm (9mm Ruger) as a previously convicted felon on June 30, 2018, in York County.
The matter was investigated by the York City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Ford is prosecuting the case.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.
Indictments 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 for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking is up to life in prison, 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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