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Sentencings were reported Friday in two separate significant cases in Indiana County.

In one case a woman was the latest to be sentenced among 10 individuals charged in what state police called “Operation Grinch” last December.

In another, a woman was sentenced in two separate methamphetamine cases that also drew widespread attention from state police in Indiana and vicinity.

One of those matters was termed “Operation One Pot,” as in portable “one pot” laboratories used to combine common household products, dissected lithium batteries and pseudoephredrine (a basic ingredient in nasal/sinus decongestants that also can be used as a stimulant).

It was a May sweep in which suspects targeted faced a net total of 53 felony counts.

The other case happened in January and involved arrests of three people who allegedly had two “one pot” operations in the trunk of a car parked at the Resort Plaza in Burrell Township.

Indiana County Common Pleas Judge Thomas M. Bianco sentenced both Mary A. Gump, 31, of Latrobe, and Amy Lynn Hillegas, 37, of Blairsville.

In “Operation Grinch,” Gump was among those taken into custody in December in a warrant detail targeting mid-level drug dealers in Indiana and Westmoreland counties.

Bianco sentenced Gump to six months to two years minus one day in jail, with credit for time served. She also must pay a $500 fine, $300 in restitution and $844 in court costs, and will serve two years’ probation after her release from prison.

Hillegas entered a guilty plea to one count of manufacturing, delivering or possessing with intent to manufacture or deliver methamphetamine and one count of possession of ephedrine, an ingredient in meth.

In that case Bianco sentenced Hillegas to nine months to two years minus one day in the county jail, followed by two years’ probation.

In the January case, Hillegas pleaded guilty to one count of manufacturing and one retail theft count. In that matter Bianco sentenced her to three months to one year minus a day in jail plus two years’ probation. Sentences are concurrent in those cases.

Sentencings have been ongoing in “Operation Grinch.”

Last month, Indiana County President Judge William J. Martin accepted a guilty plea to one count of possession of a controlled substance and sentenced Roxanne Marie Mroskey, 34, of Glen Campbell, to one year of probation.

In Westmoreland County Justin Lee Urban, 38, of the Saltsburg area, awaits a status conference Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. before Common Pleas Judge Christopher A. Feliciani on a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance. Urban remains free on $50,000 unsecured bond.

Five others entered guilty pleas on earlier dates, one case was dismissed because the defendant was deceased, and no case was found regarding a 10th suspect.