Brandon Dawson
Brandon Dawson

A convicted York City drug dealer whose home was raided by York City narcotics officers last fall is now facing federal charges.

Officers arrested Brandon Dawson after raiding his apartment in the 300 block of West Cottage Place on Oct. 23, York City Detective First Class Andrew Shaffer has said.

Police seized $1,100 in marijuana, $300 in heroin, $200 in MDMA (known as ecstasy or Molly) and a stolen Colt .45-caliber handgun, Shaffer said.

Dawson, 29, remains charged in York County with possession with intent to deliver drugs, being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property.

On June 11, a federal grand jury indicted him on charges of drug possession with intent to deliver, possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unlawful possession of a stolen firearm.

Already a felon: Dawson was previously convicted in federal court of felony drug-dealing and firearms violations, federal records states.

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the new federal charges, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

The indictment alleges Dawson sold heroin, marijuana and two types of narcotic pills, OxyContin and hydrocodone.


During the raid, police discovered Dawson had reinforced the doors to his apartment and installed surveillance cameras, the release states.

Attorney Bill Graff represents Dawson on his York County charges. Federal records do not list an attorney for Dawson's federal case.

Graff said if Dawson is found guilty or pleads guilty in federal court, the York County charges would be dismissed.

"That's the law," he said. "They can't prosecute (someone) locally once they plead guilty federally. It's double jeopardy."

Local case: The local charges will remain lodged until the federal case is resolved, Graff said.

He declined comment about the allegations against Dawson.

City narcotics officers were assisted during the raid by the city's nuisance-abatement unit and the York County Quick Response Team, Shaffer said at the time.

Assisting in the investigation were the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York County District Attorney's Office.

David Sunday, one of York County's chief deputy prosecutors, will handle the federal case against Dawson as a special assistant U.S. attorney, according to the release.

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