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Blairsville resident pleads guilty to drug charge

by The Indiana Gazette on July 02, 2013 11:00 AM

JOHNSTOWN — A Blairsville resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws, U.S. Attorney David Hickton said Monday.

Stacey Simms, 29, of 124 W. Campbell St., Blairsville, pleaded guilty to one count before U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson.

According to the Department of Justice, from the spring of 2011 to May 15, 2012, Simms, along with co-defendants, conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.

Simms will be sentenced Dec. 3 and faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, or both.

The FBI, state police and the Indiana Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Simms, along with assistance from the Indiana County Drug Task Force, the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office and other agencies.

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