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Project Safe Neighborhood: Moline Man Charged with Heroin and Gun Offenses

February 26, 2008

Rock Island, Ill. - Rodger A. Heaton, U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced that a federal grand jury has charged a Moline, Illinois man with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. The indictment charging Earl Delenor Fleming, 52, of the 200 block of 45th Street, Moline, was returned today in Peoria.

The case is being prosecuted under Project Safe Neighborhood by Assistant U.S. Attorney John K. Mehochko with the cooperation of the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office. The charges are the result of investigations by the Moline and Rock Island Police Departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On February 15, 2008, the indictment alleges Fleming not only possessed heroin, but also a .22 caliber revolver. According to the indictment, Fleming has prior felony convictions in Illinois for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, forgery, and retail theft, and in Iowa for third degree theft.

If convicted, possession of heroin with intent to distribute carries a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison. The statutory penalty for possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime is a mandatory minimum of five years to life in prison. For possession of a firearm by a felon, the penalty is up to 10 years imprisonment.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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