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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Two Men Indicted On Heroin And Crack Cocaine Trafficking Charges

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Henry J. Flemister, age 26, of Steelton, Pennsylvania, and Kevin N. Bilheimer, age 57, of Yeagertown, Pennsylvania, were indicted on December 14, 2016, by a federal grand jury for heroin and crack cocaine trafficking violations.

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Flemister and Bilheimer conspired and possessed with the intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in August and September 2016, in Mifflin County. 

The case was investigated by the Mifflin County Drug Task Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy is prosecuting the case.

This case was 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.

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 for each of the drug trafficking offenses and conspiracy is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a 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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Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Updated December 15, 2016