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Pine Grove Man Sentenced To 97 Months’ Imprisonment On Drug Trafficking And Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brett Lamar Heinbach, age 38, of Pine Grove, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 27, 2020, to 97 months’ imprisonment followed by four years supervised release by United States District Court Judge Robert D. Mariani, for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, between March 8, 2016 and April 9, 2016, Heinbach conspired with other individuals to distribute methamphetamine throughout Schuylkill County. During the conspiracy, Heinbach possessed multiple firearms, one of which had an obliterated serial number.  

The case was investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police, Schuylkill County District Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

This case also is part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.  Initiated by the Attorney General in the fall of 2019, Project Guardian draws upon the Department’s past successful programs to reduce gun violence; enhances coordination of federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in investigating and prosecuting gun crimes; improves information-sharing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives when a prohibited individual attempts to purchase a firearm and is denied by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), to include taking appropriate actions when a prospective purchaser is denied by the NICS for mental health reasons; and ensures that federal resources are directed at the criminals posing the greatest threat to our communities.


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Updated July 31, 2020

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