Another defendant in a large-scale drug ring that operated in the Blairsville and Johnstown areas has pleaded guilty in federal court. 21-year-old Holly Thomas of Derry will be sentenced August 6th for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. The maximum sentence is twenty years in prison and a fine of up to one million dollars, but depending on terms of her plea bargain, Thomas will get less than that.
She is the second defendant to plead guilty to the same charge in the last month. 40-year-old Kimberly Cassidy of Blairsville faces the same maximum sentence when she appears before Judge Kim Gibson on June 27th.
The heroin trafficking ring, based in Detroit, was busted up last May. Fifteen suspects were arrested. The accused ringleader was Kenneth “Kane” Carter of Detroit, Michigan. His chief “supervisor” in this area was 36-year-old DeWann Macon of Blairsville, who goes by the nickname “Woods” and allegedly operated out of a house on Stoney Run Road in Burrell Township.
Other area defendants include Heather Bush, CliffordCamut Jr., and Joan Janick, all of Blairsville; David McGinnis Jr. of Bolivar; Amanda Overly of Robinson; Brian Davenport of New Florence; Arley Earhart of Latrobe; and Ethan Earhart of Derry.