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A York City felon found in possession of a loaded 9 mm handgun has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Quan Leroy Gross, 46, has a lengthy criminal record in York County and has four criminal cases pending in York County Court — including two cases of alleged drug-dealing and companion charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and fleeing police.

He carried the Taurus handgun "in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime" in York, according to his federal indictment.

Gross had the gun in his possession when he sold crack cocaine in York City on June 30, 2015, the federal indictment states.

The July 2016 indictment also charged Gross with dealing cocaine, but he ended up pleading guilty only to the charge of illegal gun possession by a felon, court records state.

The charge carries a mandatory 15-year sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, and a maximum of life in prison.

He pleaded guilty in Harrisburg's federal court  July 18 and was sentenced on  Nov. 30, according to court records.

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Repeat drug dealer: Gross pleaded guilty in York County Court to drug-dealing in 2007, 2002 and 1998, according to court records. He pleaded guilty to burglary in 1998 and 1999, according to  records.

One of Gross's pending York County drug-dealing cases was the basis of the federal charges.

His case was handled in federal court rather than in York County Court, as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership, which the U.S. Attorney's Office says is an "initiative to combat the spread of violent crime."

Federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies comprise VCRP; their mission is to go after people who commit violent crimes with firearms, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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