December 15, 2015

Indiana Resident Charged with Mailing Illegal Drugs to Allenwood Inmate

WILLIAMSPORT—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a charge of attempted distribution of controlled substances was filed yesterday against Nancy Finzen, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Finzen, age 45, is charged in a criminal information with attempting to distribute narcotics to an inmate at United States Penitentiary -Allenwood by mailing envelopes to the inmate with drugs containing suboxone, a narcotic substance, in them between May 2014 and March 2015. At the time, Finzen was employed as a postal carrier in Indianapolis. The government also filed a plea agreement with the defendant which is subject to the approval of the court.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigative Service. Assistant United States Attorney Wayne P. Samuelson is assigned to prosecute the case.

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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statues and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is ten years’ imprisonment, and a fine of $500,000. 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.