Greensburg woman who gave evidence gets most charges dismissed
A Greensburg woman who testified against her co-defendants in a heroin distribution ring was sentenced Tuesday to four years of intensive supervision.
Judge Rita Hathaway ordered that Nicole Ann Dudek, 26, be taken off electronic monitoring after Dudek pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of conspiracy to commit crime through a corrupt organization.
Hathaway dismissed 29 other charges, mostly drug-related counts, as part of a plea agreement.
Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazor said Dudek has served 130 days in jail and about 18 months on electronic monitoring.
“She did assist with the investigation,” Lazor told Hathaway.
Dudek testified against some of her co-defendants during an April 2012 preliminary hearing. She was among 18 people arrested in 2012 in connection with the ring after police found 15 bricks of suspected heroin on Feb. 22 in a Greensburg apartment complex and at Dudek's former Latrobe home.
The drug organization 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 said.
Authorities described the operation as a structured business with a mass marketing effort, including discounted prices, to lure buyers during sales between January 2011 and April 2012.
Dudek testified during the preliminary hearing that she participated in drug deals. Police confiscated 300 stamp bags, or about six bricks, and $355 from Dudek's residence in Latrobe after authorities seized more drugs and cash from a Greensburg apartment, according to court documents.
Two men who were major players in the organization were convicted in June by a Westmoreland County jury.
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, court records show.
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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