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Drug dealer sentenced to 16 years in federal prison

A Philadelphia native who lived in Williamsport was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison this week for his part in a heroin and carfentanil distribution conspiracy.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann sentenced Markeese Askew, 28, one of three men involved in distribution of the drugs, which resulted in a rash of overdoses in summer 2017 in the city and Lycoming County.

Brann’s sentence was 192 months and six years supervised release after his prison term.

Askew previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin and carfentanil, a horse tranqualizer used in cutting the drug for users, resulting in serious bodily injury.

Two other men, Nathan Crowder Jr., 32, and Wayne S. Davidson, 27, each were sentenced to 17 1/2 years prison on the charge.

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