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Westmoreland drug ring member sentenced

| Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A former Greensburg man was sentenced on Monday for his role in a large heroin distribution ring.

Kurt McCamley, 23, of Centre County was ordered to begin serving an 11- to 23-month sentence in the Westmoreland County jail on Jan. 31. The incarceration will be followed by two years of probation, ordered Judge Richard McCormick Jr.

McCamley pleaded guilty on Monday to a charge of possession with intent to deliver. Other drug charges and a count of corrupt organizations were dismissed under a plea agreement.

McCamley was among 18 people arrested in 2012 in connection with the alleged ring after police said they found 15 bricks of suspected heroin on Feb. 22 in a Greensburg apartment complex and a Latrobe home.

McCamley, who was inside the Greensburg apartment when police seized evidence, was given credit for 11 days he was held in jail.

Members of the ring moved thousands of bricks of heroin between Allegheny and Westmoreland counties during a nearly two-year period, mainly in the Greensburg, Latrobe and Mt. Pleasant areas, Greensburg and state police allege.

Authorities described the operation as a structured business with a mass marketing effort, complete with discounted prices, to lure in buyers.

“You appear to be part of a rather extensive situation here,” McCormick said to McCamley. “Stay away from the people you knew before in this life.”

Two men accused of being major players in the organization were convicted by a Westmoreland County jury in June.

James Stephen Moore, 26, of Smithton was sentenced in October to 20 to 40 years in a state prison, according to online court records.

Dominick William Haynes, 26, of McKeesport was sentenced in October to 12 to 30 years in a state prison, according to online court records.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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