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Drug sweep nets 28 arrests

by The Indiana Gazette on June 26, 2014 11:00 AM

EBENSBURG — An Indiana man remains at large and a Commodore man was among 28 suspects arrested Wednesday in a drug sweep by the Cambria County Drug Task Force, officials reported.

District judges set bail ranging from $2,000 to $25,000 for those brought in for preliminary arraignment on charges ranging from the sale of prescription pills to possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, according to District Attorney Kelly Callihan.

Investigators reported that Ronald Lahman, 31, of 353 Maple St., Indiana, remained at large this morning and faces charges related to the sale of heroin.

Callihan described the suspects as low- to midlevel dealers, and reported in a news release that the sweep culminated a year of investigation by task force officers from the Carrolltown and Patton municipal police departments, the Cambria County sheriff’s office and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

William Stein, 21, of Route 240, Commodore, was charged Wednesday with two counts of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and one count of criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies, and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.

Stein was held at the Cambria County Jail when he was unable to post $15,000 bail.

A news release identified the other suspects as residents of Northern Cambria, Carrolltown, Colver, Portage, Nicktown, Nanty Glo and Elmora. Tristan Robinson, 28, was listed as a resident of Torrance State Hospital.

The district attorney reported that the suspects’ drug-dealing activities are not considered the work of a single organization, but said many of the suspects sold or bought drugs from one another.

Callihan said anyone with information about Lahman could telephone Cambria County authorities at (800) 281-1680.

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