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Luzerne County man indicted on federal heroin trafficking and firearms charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury on heroin trafficking and firearms charges.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Alik Jerome Harrington, age 35, of Kingston, was charged with conspiring to distribute heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and illegal possession of a firearm as a result of a traffic stop made by the Kingston Police Department on April 14, 2011.

     If convicted of the charges, Harrington faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.

     The case was investigated by the Kingston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara.

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