JOHNSTOWN — Two Indiana County residents are among six people who were indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on Oct. 8 on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, U.S. Attorney David Hickton announced Tuesday.
Listed as defendants in the seven-count indictment are Tiffany White, 24, of 514 North Ben Franklin Road, Indiana; Douglas Lydic, 29, of 25 Private Road, Commodore; Thomas Lighthill, 44, of Northern Cambria; Deborah Lute, 34, of Carrolltown; William Rounsley, 21, of Carrolltown; and Casey Lex, 28, of Northern Cambria.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from April 2012 to March 8, 2013, the defendants conspired to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, and on separate occasions during that time period, Lydic, White, Rounsley and Lex each distributed less than 100 grams of heroin.
In addition, on March 8, Lute and Rounsley possessed less than 100 grams of heroin with the intent to distribute it, and Lute possessed two Hi-Point pistols in support of the drug trafficking, according to Hickton.
The indictment is an accusation, but if convicted the defendants could face lengthy prison terms and fines in the millions of dollars.
The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the FBI and the Cambria County Drug Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the indictments.