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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 10, 2015

Two Harrisburg Men Sentenced On Drug Related Offenses

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Ralph Howell, age 48, and Eddie Rodgriguez-Melendez, age 35, both of Harrisburg, were sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner in Harrisburg, for drug related offenses.

Judge Conner sentenced Howell to 46 months imprisonment for use of a telephone to commit a drug trafficking crime. Rodriguez-Melendez was sentenced to 51 months imprisonment for distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Howell and Rodriguez-Melendez were initially charged in a Criminal Indictment on April 11, 2014 and later charged in a Superseding Indictment filed by the United States Attorney on July 18, 2012. Howell pled guilty on June 13, 2014. Rodriguez-Melendez pled guilty on December 4, 2014.

The case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Dauphin County Drug Task Force, Harrisburg City Police, and Lebanon Country Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daryl F. Bloom prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 21, 2015