Meth dealer gets 5 years

| Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

One of two men arrested in a methamphetamine distribution ring between California and Westmoreland County in 2012 was sentenced this week by a federal judge to serve five years in prison and pay $17,500 in fines.

U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Kevin Nicol, 58, of Harrison City.

According to information presented to the court, Nicol was involved in a conspiracy to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in September 2012.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman said the parties stipulated that 279.2 grams of pure methamphetamine, known as “ice,” were attributable to Nicol.

Before imposing the sentence Thursday, Conti said it was a “very serious offense,” and noted that the methamphetamine was over 94 percent pure.

Nicol was accused with working with Dominick Spickle, 79, of Sacramento to bring methamphetamine to Westmoreland County to sell it. Spickle pleaded guilty in February to violating drug laws and is scheduled to be sentenced by Conti Sept. 26.

State police said Spickle transported the methamphetamine from California to Pennsylvania.

Police conducted three controlled purchases from Spickle in September 2012 and were led to Nicol's house in Penn Township by Spickle.

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