Alleged York City drug trafficker indicted federally
A convicted felon busted four months ago by the York County Drug Task Force has now been indicted in federal court.
A federal grand jury in Harrisburg handed down the drug-trafficking and gun-possession indictment Wednesday, Dec. 20, according to federal court records.
Timothy Ray Wright, 30, of the 700 block of Prospect Street, is in York County Prison and remains charged in York County with drug-dealing and being a convicted felon in illegal firearm possession.
Both the York County and federal charges are based on the same Aug. 17 arrest of Wright, made by York City Police and the York County Drug Task Force.
Wright also remains charged in York County in a second drug-dealing case. That charge was filed in September by West Manchester Township Police, according to court records.
The background: City officers and members of the county drug task force spent a week investigating Wright last summer, according to the York County District Attorney's Office, which oversees the task force.
The DA's office said investigators bought cocaine from Wright, who was selling drugs in the city's west end.
On Aug. 16, officials served a search warrant on a home in the 900 block of Linden Avenue, where police say Wright was seen coming and going. Inside, they found and seized crack cocaine, documents state.
The next day, police arrested Wright in the 200 block of Carlisle Avenue. He was in possession of drugs and a loaded handgun, officials have said.
Wright confessed to police that he intended to sell the heroin and crack cocaine found in his possession.
The DA's office said Wright had a loaded Walther 9 mm handgun and more than 2 ounces each of cocaine, heroin and an undetermined white substance.
Fentanyl: Wright's federal indictment indicates that "undetermined white substance" was the powerful opioid fentanyl.
At the time of his arrest, Wright was on parole for drug distribution and firearms charges, according to the DA's office.
Federal authorities took the York County case as part of the Violent Crime Reduction Partnership, in which federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies work together to go after those who commit violent crimes with guns, according to Dawn Mayko, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Federal and York County court records don't show a listed attorney for Wright.
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