14 indicted in 7 county cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy
HARRISBURG, Pa – 14 Central Pennsylvania men were indicted in federal court with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Methamphetamine. Thirteen of the 14 defendants were taken into custody on Wednesday.
According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, a coordinated investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation led to the indictment on Tuesday, April 26, which was made public today after the arrests of the defendants.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy extended over 14 months from December 2014 to April this year. The drug activity allegedly took place in Cumberland, Dauphin, York, Snyder, Northumberland, Berks and Perry Counties.
The names, ages, and residences of the defendants are listed below:
Phillip Bennett, age 43, Elizabethtown;
Michael Finsterbush, age 50, Lemoyne;
Marcie Herman, age 47, Harrisburg;
Michael Herman, age 49, Harrisburg;
Arthur Houze, age 49, Harrisburg;
Douglas Lesniak, age 46, Steelton;
John Nace, age 41, York;
Joseph Newton, age 47, Selinsgrove;
Scott Ohler, age 50, Harrisburg;
Juan Salcido, age 33, Reading;
Michael Sanders, age 43, Selinsgrove;
Justin Spiegle, age 41, Liverpool;
Timothy Watson, age 42, Lemoyne; and
Eric West, age 29, Shermans Dale.
The indictment also seeks forfeiture of approximately $156,574 from defendant Scott Ohler.
The defendants face maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.