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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014

Three York Men Indicted For The Armed Distribution Of Crack Cocaine, Cocaine And Heroin

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District Pennsylvania announced the indictment by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg and arrests of three men for distributing crack cocaine, heroin and cocaine in York, Pennsylvania over a seven month period in 2013 and 2014.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the indictment charges a highly organized and violent drug trafficking scheme centered in York County. Those indicted are:  Marc Hernandez, age 28; Douglas Kelly, age 35; and Roscoe Villega, age 39, all of York, Pennsylvania. 

     The indictment alleges that the defendants used firearms in their drug trafficking activities and distributed them to co-conspirators.

     All three men have been arrested and appeared today before Chief Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson in Harrisburg.  Kelly and Villega were detained pending trial.  Hernandez was temporarily detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for March 27, 2014.

     The case is part of a continuing joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the York City Police Department, with the assistance of the York County Drug Task Force.  It is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio for prosecution.

     Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this particular case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is twenty years imprisonment for the defendants and a term of supervised release following imprisonment and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 9, 2015