Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Schuylkill County Man Charged With Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

A Schuylkill County man is facing federal drug trafficking and firearm charges. 
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that William Quintana, age 50, of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury for drug trafficking and firearm offenses.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Quintana with possessing with the intent to distribute quantities of methamphetamine and marijuana and possessing two pistols in furtherance of trafficking methamphetamine. The indictment further charges Quintana with possessing three firearms, including an assault rifle while knowing that he had previously been convicted of a felony.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Pottsville Police Department, and the Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney James M. Buchanan is prosecuting the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.