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Blairsville woman admits to role in heroin ring

| Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Blairsville woman pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown Monday to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws.

Stacey Simms, 29, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

Simms was indicted by a federal grand jury along with 14 co-defendants a year ago in connection with the heroin distribution ring that was based in Michigan.

In connection with the guilty plea, Simms admitted before Gibson that between spring 2011 and May 2012, she and her co-defendants conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 3 before Gibson.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million or both. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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