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'Giant' arrested in Alabama on charges related to Lower Swatara Township heroin death

By Dan Miller
danmiller@pressandjournal.com
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Posted 8/29/17

A man wanted by Lower Swatara Township police since May for allegedly providing the heroin that led to the death of a township man in July 2016 has been arrested.

Matthew “Giant” Header, 46, …

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'Giant' arrested in Alabama on charges related to Lower Swatara Township heroin death

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A man wanted by Lower Swatara Township police since May for allegedly providing the heroin that led to the death of a township man in July 2016 has been arrested.

Matthew “Giant “Header, 46, was captured in Cleburne County, Alabama, on Tuesday, Aug. 29, Lower Swatara police posted on the department website the same day. He will be extradited back to Pennsylvania.

Township police believe that Header fled Pennsylvania shortly after the July 2016 overdose occurred, Detective Robert Appleby told the Press & Journal.

"We started to get tips that he was down South. We had heard Georgia, then got confirmation that he was in Alabama,” Appleby said.

Authorities in Alabama had Header in custody at one point, but Header got away by using a false identity that was actually his brother.

Eventually, local police were alerted to Header being in a residence in Heflin, Alabama.

“People could see him in the house and they knew he was wanted. Their street crimes unit surrounded the house waiting for him to come out. He’s 6 feet 9 so he’s kind of hard to miss,” Appleby said. “It was probably about three or four days later that we got the call that they got him.”

Appleby could not say how soon Header will be brought back to Pennsylvania. Heflin police may have brought their own charges against Header, but of that Appleby was not certain.

Once Header does arrive, he will be arraigned on the charges on the outstanding warrant dating to May 24 — drug delivery resulting in death, and manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Those charges were the result of a 10-month investigation that started July 24, 2016, when Lower Swatara police responded to a 36-year-old township man who died of a heroin overdose in the first block of Nissley Drive.

Township police will ask for a high bail to keep Header in Dauphin County Prison, as he is an obvious flight risk, Appleby said.