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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
David J. Freed
, United States Attorney
Contact: Dawn Clark

York Man Sentenced to Five Years’ Imprisonment for Firearm Offense

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on February 12, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo sentenced Jose David Santiago-Curet, age 23, of York, Pennsylvania, to five years’ imprisonment followed by five years on supervised release for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, Santiago-Curet pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking on July 8, 2019. Following a traffic stop in York, a 9mm SR-9C handgun, a bag of heroin (2.51 grams), and a scale were found in a vehicle occupied by Santiago-Curet on June 30, 2018.

The matter was investigated by the York Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Ford is prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority. In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws. Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to

include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.

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