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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Shippensburg Man Sentenced To 84 Months’ Imprisonment For Drug Trafficking

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Eddie Viera, age 44, of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on November 27, 2018, by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 84 months’ imprisonment for drug trafficking.

According to U.S. Attorney David J. Freed, Viera distributed and possessed with intent to distribute heroin. He was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police on February 15, 2016 near mile marker 77 of Interstate 81 after a high speed pursuit for nearly 20 miles. Along the route of the pursuit, Troopers found over 950 individual packets of heroin which Viera had thrown out the window of his car.  Viera was already the subject of an arrest warrant after members of the Franklin County Drug Task Force observed him allegedly distributing heroin and found over 70 individual packets of heroin in his apartment in December 2014.   

Chief Judge Conner sentenced above the recommended guidelines in this case stating, among others, that Viera was “spectacularly incorrigible.” 

The matter was investigated by the Franklin County Drug Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott R. Ford prosecuted the case.  

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. Attorney General Jeff Sessions 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 was also brought as part of a district wide initiative to combat the nationwide epidemic regarding the use and distribution of heroin.  Led by the United States Attorney’s Office, the Heroin Initiative targets heroin traffickers operating in the Middle District of Pennsylvania and is part of a coordinated effort among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who commit heroin related offenses.

 

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated November 28, 2018