Conviction leads to house arrest
April 24, 2014 10:55 AM

JOHNSTOWN — An Indiana County man was placed on house arrest for one year after being convicted of a narcotics charge in U.S. District Court in Johnstown.

Jorge Harkleroad, 43, of Route 56, Brush Valley, was ordered to serve 12 months of home confinement as part of a term of five years of federal probation, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for Western Pennsylvania.

Harkleroad was convicted of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana from March 2009 through May 9, 2011, said U.S. Attorney David Hickton.

Federal prosecutors said Harkleroad was involved in a drug ring headed by George M. Lowmaster, of Carrolltown. Lowmaster faces sentencing May 13 for his role in the operation that netted 16 arrests, court records show.

According to an indictment filed in May 2011, Harkleroad obtained supplies of marijuana from Lowmaster for sale to users.

Hickton said an investigation by the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police and several law enforcement agencies in Cambria County led to the charges.

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