Red Lion Man Sentenced For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

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HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on October 24, 2022, Waylon Hutcheson, age 22, of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, Hutcheson pleaded guilty on October 26, 2021, to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and receipt or possession of a firearm made in violation of the National Firearms Act. The sentence is a result of an investigation into the sale of drugs from Hutcheson’s home. Following “controlled purchases” of marijuana from Hutcheson, a warrant was executed, and he was found in possession of marijuana, oxycodone, THC, U.S. Currency, and drug trafficking paraphernalia. Police also recovered three self-made 9mm handguns with no serial numbers, a .22 caliber long rifle, three silencers, and a 30-round magazine. 

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The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Johnny Baer prosecuted 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 gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

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