Blairsville woman admits involvement in heroin trafficking operation
A 40-year-old Blairsville woman has admitted her role in a Detroit-based heroin distribution ring.
Kimberly Cassidy of 220 S. Morrow St. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Johnstown last week to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, according to U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton.
Cassidy was among about 15 people indicted last summer in a heroin and pain pill distribution ring that operated in Cambria, Indiana and Westmoreland counties.
Cassidy pleaded guilty to one count before U.S District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
Cassidy admitted her participation in the ring that operated from the spring of 2011 until the federal indictment on May 15, 2012.
The FBI alleges Cassidy, along with co-defendants, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.
Two of the alleged ringleaders, Kenneth Irving “Kane” Carter, 32, of Detroit, and Dewann Jamal “Woods” Macon, 37, of 530 Stoney Run Road, Derry Township, are awaiting trial, according to court records.
During the probe, agents intercepted “hundreds of telephone calls” between the suspects, according to the complaint filed by FBI Special Agent Sandra J. Maier.
Macon worked as a “supervisor” for Carter, contacting others to drive to Detroit to pick up the heroin and deliver it to a “stash house” at 621 Bedford St., Johnstown, according to the FBI.
The drugs would then be prepared and packaged for street sales.
Gibson scheduled Cassidy's sentencing for June 27.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million or both.
However, under the federal sentencing guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and any prior criminal history.
State police and Indiana police were involved in the investigation that led to Cassidy's arrest.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- School lunch group hopes to revise rules it calls impractical, too restrictive
- Western Pa. students bristle at changing menu choices
- Keystone Bakery closes Greensburg store
- Puppies’ eyes glued shut, South Huntingdon animal shelter says
- Excela, Pitt-Greensburg team on legacy videos for those in twilight of lives
- Witnesses recount Franklin Regional stabbing
- H&M to open in Westmoreland Mall
- Sex assault charges filed in alleged ‘truth or dare’ game in Scottdale