HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Travis Parker, age 41, of York County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 29, 2021, to 120 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute more than 28 grams of cocaine.
According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, a jury convicted Parker of several drug trafficking offenses on May 5, 2021. The conviction stems from a roughly six-month investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the York County Drug Task Force, which focused on Parker’s drug activity in York City. Evidence at trial established that between September 2018 and January 2019, Parker sold or attempted to sell cocaine on several occasions to undercover detectives. When arrested on January 30, 2019, police discovered more than 60 grams of cocaine packaged for sale.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the York City Police Department, and the York County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnny Baer prosecuted the case.
This case is being 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.
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 under federal law for this offense is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh several 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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