Pair accused in alleged Westmoreland meth operation
Two men accused in an alleged methamphetamine operation in Westmoreland County have been indicted by the federal government.
Dominick Spickle Jr., 78, of Sacramento, and Kevin W. Nicol, 57, of Harrison City, allegedly conspired to distribute the drug, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday.
Both are free on $20,000 bail and are required to stay in Western Pennsylvania. They are scheduled for an arraignment Monday.
Both men face charges of federal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver.
State police arrested Spickle and Nicol in September. They accused Spickle of transporting methamphetamine from Sacramento to Westmoreland County and selling it with Nicol.
In September, state police were led to Nicol's Johntown Court home near Penn-Trafford High School by Spickle. An undercover trooper purchased more than 4 ounces of methamphetamine for $11,900 in three controlled buys. In two of the buys, troopers followed Spickle to Nicol's home and then to the alleged controlled buy.
The men are accused of selling “ice,” a pure form of methamphetamine that can be injected, smoked or snorted, according to court records.
Police seized 130 guns, 33 switchblade knives, 1.4 pounds of marijuana, 391 grams of methamphetamine and $64,000 from Nicol's property on Sept. 27. He is not federally charged in connection with the weapons, though state police have said federal investigators have possession of the weapons.
Charges against both men filed before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler have been withdrawn. Spickle previously waived his right to a hearing on possession charges in one case connected to an alleged drug deal before Hempfield District Judge Mark Mansour.
A March trial is scheduled in that case.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or email@example.com.
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