Thursday, September 02, 2021

Harrisburg Man Indicted For Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

 HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that on September 1, 2021, Omar Tollinchi-Torres, age 42, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking and firearms offenses.

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that on March 30, 2021, in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Tollinchi-Torres attempted to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.  The indictment further alleges that Tollinchi-Torres was in possession of a Glock model 23 .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol during and in relation to the attempted drug trafficking offense. 

The matter was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, along with United States Postal Inspectors.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Miovas, Jr. is prosecuting the case.   

This case is 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.  The Department of Justice 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 enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce 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 the attempted distribution possession with the intent to distribute of a controlled substance offense as charged in the indictment is 40 years of imprisonment, a term of at least 4 years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $5,000,000 fine. The maximum penalty for the possession of a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime is life imprisonment, a term of 5 years of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 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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