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October 29, 2015

Philadelphia Man and Linden Woman Indicted for Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin Following Arrest in Loyalsock Towship

HARRISBURG, PA—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a federal grand jury in Harrisburg returned an Indictment yesterday charging a Philadelphia man and a Linden, Pennsylvania woman with conspiracy to distribute and distribution of heroin in Loyalsock Township, Lycoming County.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, the grand jury alleged that Timothy Moses, age 34, and Marissa Copen, age 26, conspired to distribute and distribution of heroin on or about October 2015. The indictment alleges that they utilized rental vehicles and hotel rooms to facilitate the distribution of heroin in the Williamsport area to carry out their activities. Moses and Copen were arrested on October 21, 2015.

The federal investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney George J. Rocktashel has been assigned to the prosecution of this matter.

Indictments 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 sentencing judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 40 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the sentencing 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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