Man indicted on drugs, weapons charges

A man who allegedly sold cocaine and may have used a gun with an intention to distribute the drug throughout Lycoming County has been indicted in U.S. Middle District Court in Scranton.

Morris Smith, whose age and address were not listed in the indictment document, has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance and possession of a firearm by a prohibited individual.

On or about March 22 in Lycoming County, Morris allegedly possessed cocaine with intention to distribute the controlled substance, according to the indictment. During that time, Smith allegedly was in possession of a handgun used in connection with a drug trafficking crime.

Smith had been convicted previously of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and was not permitted to own a gun, according to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

At the time, Smith also was in possession of eight rounds of ammunition and nearly $400. The gun had been shipped and transported across the state line, Brandler said.

The indictment does not specify where the drugs allegedly were sold.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni has been assigned the case.