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Four Luzerne County men indicted on stolen firearms and heroin trafficking charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that four Luzerne County men indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury for charges related to the possession of stolen firearms and heroin trafficking.

    According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Albert Behrmann, age 37, of Larksville, Luzerne County, was indicted on the charge of receipt and possession of three stolen firearms. In addition, the indictment charges George Smith, III, age 41, of Luzerne Borough, with aiding and abetting the possession and receipt of a stolen firearm and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

     The indictment charges David Gilliam, age 27, of Forty Fort, and Richard Chamberlain, age 37, of Hanover Township, with conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Gilliam is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

     If convicted, Albert Behrmann and George Smith, III, face a maximum penalty of ten years in prison, followed by a three year term of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. David Gilliam and Richard Chamberlain face a maximum penalty of twenty years in prison, followed by at least a three year term of supervised release and a fine of up to $1,000,000 for the heroin trafficking offenses. Gilliam and Chamberlain also face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years, up to a maximum term of life in prison, for the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

     The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County Drug Task Force, and the Kingston and Hanover Police Departments. Prosecution has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

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