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Local Man Gets More Than 5 Years in Federal Prison for Drug Crime

An Elizabethtown man has been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison sentenced in connection with a cocaine and methamphetamine drug trafficking conspiracy, federal prosecutors announced.

United States Attorney David J. Freed announced sentencing for Phillip Bennett, 43, of Elizabethtown on Thursday, Jan. 4, the day after the last of 13 people involved in the conspiracy were sentenced.

Freed said some of the 13 were members of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang the Pagans Motorcycle Club and affiliated gangs. His office declined comment as to whether Bennett was affiliated with a specific gang.

Freed said the conspirators sold methamphetamine and cocaine hydrochloride, Schedule II controlled substances, between December 2014 and April 2016 in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, York, Northumberland, Perry and Snyder counties.

In addition to Bennett, the sentences announced were: Arthur Houze, 49, of Harrisburg, 151 months; Michael Herman, 49, of Harrisburg, 120 months; Scott Ohler, 50, of Harrisburg, 110 months; Michael Finsterbush, 50, of Lemoyne, 100 months; Joseph Newton, 47, of Selinsgrove, 96 months; Timothy Watson, 42, of Lemoyne, 70 months; Eric West, 29, of Shermans Dale, 70 months; Justin Spiegle, 41, of Liverpool, 60 months; John Nace, 41, of York, 48 months; Douglas Lesniak, 46, of Steelton, 30 months; Michael Sanders, 43, of Selinsgrove, 25 months, and Marcie Herman, 47, of Harrisburg, 6 months of imprisonment and 6 months of in-home detention.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Schinnour prosecuted the case.

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