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A York-area man faces a potential 30-year sentence in federal prison following his indictment on heroin distribution charges Wednesday, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

U.S. Attorney Peter Smith's office with the Middle District of Pennsylvania said Brandon Brooks, 26, is charged with possession with intent to distribute nine bundles — 90 individual bindles, or doses — of heroin found in his possession after a DUI stop in West York in November 2015.

According to the news release, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assisted West York with the investigation, as did he York County District Attorney's Office.

Public information officer Dawn Mayko said an initial appearance will follow where Brooks will be read the charges against him and allowed to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty. Following the initial appearance a preliminary trial date will be set, but it is always subject to change.

"Right now he is in custody in York," she said.

If convicted, Brooks could face up to 30 years in prison with a period of supervised release to follow, and a fine.

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