Federal Jury Convicts State Parole Fugitive on Heroin Trafficking
The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today the conviction of Michael Arrington, age 37, of Harrisburg. A federal jury convicted Arrington Wednesday of heroin trafficking, conspiracy to traffic heroin, and traveling across state lines in furtherance of the heroin trafficking.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, in 2009 federal and local investigators conducted an investigation of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana trafficking in the Harrisburg area by a group of state parolees. From mid 2008 to February 2009, Arrington supplied the conspiracy with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heroin, which was brought into the region from New York, New York.
In 2009, shortly after the investigation was completed, the primary participants in the enterprise were arrested, charged, and ultimately sentenced. Eight participants were charged and convicted with the primary distributors, Omar Davenport, and Kareem Owens, receiving federal sentences of 200 months and 292 months, respectively. However, in March 2009, while the investigation progressed, Arrington fled the area and his state parole supervision.
In 2010, Arrington was arrested by authorities in Baltimore, Maryland on unrelated offenses under a different name. He was ultimately identified as the defendant in this case and brought to United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for trial. After a three day trial, in which his co-conspirators identified Arrington as the source of supply for the heroin to conspiracy, a federal jury convicted Arrington of the offenses. United States District Court Chief Judge Yvette Kane, who presided over the trial, has tentatively scheduled sentencing for July 12, 2012.
Arrington faces up to 40 years in prison for the offenses, as well as additional punishment for committing these crimes while on state parole supervision.
The investigation of this mater was conducted by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Dauphin County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Middletown Borough Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Consiglio.
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