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Local man sentenced for distribution of narcotics

by By The Indiana Gazette on July 02, 2014 10:55 AM

JOHNSTOWN — A Cambria County man has been sentenced in connection with a wide-ranging narcotics trafficking organization.

Christopher Jolly, 40, of Patton, was ordered Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to serve 10 months in prison and four years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess marijuana.

Jolly was sentenced by Judge Kim Gibson on charges that he conspired with George Lowmaster, of Carrolltown, and others between March 2009 and May 2011 to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Lowmaster, described by federal prosecutors as the leader of the organization, is scheduled to be sentenced July 28.

U.S. Attorney David Hickton reported that the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the FBI directed the task force that brought indictments of Lowmaster, Jolly and other suspects in the drug ring.

The IRS, Pennsylvania attorney general, the state police, Cambria County District Attorney and municipal police departments in Carrolltown, Patton, Ebensburg, Portage and Paint Township took part in the investigation.

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