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"Large-scale" ring operated out of Blairsville-area home


New details are emerging in the large-scale drug trafficking ring that was busted up this week, and many of the now-fifteen suspects are from Indiana County. It was headquartered locally in Johnstown and in Burrell Township, and operated in Cambria, Indiana, and Westmoreland counties.  Authorities say in court documents that the ringleader was Kenneth “Kane” Carter of Detroit, Michigan.  His chief “supervisor” in this area was 36-year-old DeWann Macon of Blairsville, who goes by the nickname “Woods”. 


The so-called “stash house” in Johnstown is the home of another ringleader, 20-year-old Jelina “Gino” Cook, who would drive the drugs, including heroin and oxycontin, to this area from Detroit and package it for resale.  Macon would be driven to Johnstown to get drugs to operate a stash house at his place on Stoney Run Road in Burrell Township.  Macon and Cook made $1,000 a week salary from Carter and Macon paid drivers $50 to take him back and forth to Johnstown. 


Other suspects in the drug operation include four more people with Blairsville addresses:  35-year-old Heather Bush, 19-year-old Clifford Camut Jr., 39-year-old Kimberly Cassidy, and 46-year-old Joan Janick.  A familiar name in criminal cases in the area is also listed as a suspect in this case: 19-year-old David McGinnis Jr. of Bolivar.  Others under arrest are 32-year-old Amanda Overly of Robinson, 22-year-old Brian Davenport of New Florence, 20-year-old Holly Thomas of Derry, 21-year-old Arley Earhart of Latrobe and 26-year-old Ethan Earhart of Derry, and Chivon Buttrom and Megan Holton of Detroit. 


The Pennsylvania suspects are all scheduled in U.S. District Court in Johnstown today for detention hearings.

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