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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lebanon County Couple Indicted Federally For Distribution of Cocaine

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Lebanon County couple have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg and  arrested for possession of cocaine and criminal conspiracy.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the Indictment charges that Ray Leonard, age 40, of Jonestown and Saleam Moeun, age 30, of Lebanon City, distributed and conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine in Lebanon County, between January and April 2015.

The charges stem from a joint investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Robert Smulktis.

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

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.

The maximum penalty under federal law is for Leonard and Moeun is 80 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $ 50 million fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Updated May 20, 2015