Decade in federal prison for York City dealer

Sean Philip Cotter

A York City man who did time for selling crack and illegally having a gun 11 years ago has been sentenced to almost a decade behind bars for more recently selling heroin and having a stolen gun, according to a news release for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

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Brandon Dawson, 31, of Cottage Place, was sentenced Tuesday to seven years and eight months for the more recent offense, and Judge Yvette Kane tacked on an additional two years he has to serve afterward because he was still under supervision because of the older offense, the release states.

Dawson pleaded guilty in March to charges that he sold heroin, oxycodone, buprenorphine and other drugs while carrying around a stolen Colt .45 in October 2013. Other firearms-related charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement, according to online court documents.

The news release says York City Police raided his apartment Oct. 23, 2013, and found the heroin, marijuana, drug-dealing paraphernalia and pistol there.

He pleaded guilty in 2006 to charges that he'd sold crack and was a felon illegally in possession of a firearm in 2005. Other drug-dealing and firearms charges were dropped as part of that plea deal, according to documents. He spent about six years in prison on those charges and remained under supervision when police raided his apartment in 2013.

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The York City Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.

— Sean Cotter covers York City for The York Dispatch. Contact him or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.