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FCI-McKean Inmate Charged with Possessing Drugs in Prison

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

ERIE, Pa. - An inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Bradford, Pennsylvania has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on a charge of possession of contraband in prison, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Hector Palmero, 38, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment presented to the court, on August 29, 2019, Palmero was in possession of contraband marijuana, buprenorphine, and oxycodone while an inmate at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Sellers is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Officers of the McKean Federal Correctional Institution conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 10, 2020

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