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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 17, 2022

Four Men Indicted For Trafficking Methamphetamine

WILLIAMSPORT- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Noel Rivera-Lezama, age 35, of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, Ismael Rivera-Lezama, age 34, of Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Devon Fleming, age 28, of Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and Ramsee Anthony Munoz, age 32, of Reading, Pennsylvania, were indicted by a federal grand jury on drug trafficking charges. 

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, the indictment alleges that the defendants conspired to distribute 500 grams and more of methamphetamine and 40 grams and more of fentanyl in Northumberland and Columbia Counties on multiple occasions from April 2021 until the present.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Northumberland County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Bloomsburg Police Department, the Sunbury Police Department, the Shamokin Police Department, and the Coal Township Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel is prosecuting the case.

This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.

This case is also being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state, and local Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

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

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Drug Trafficking
Updated June 17, 2022