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Detroit-to-Blairsville/Johnstown drug ring broken up last May


One of the defendants in a drug case involving over a dozen people has pleaded guilty to one charge of violating federal narcotics laws.


40-year-old Kimberly Cassidy of Blairsville faces up to twenty years in prison and/or a fine of as much as one million dollars.  The announcement comes from U.S. Attorney David Hickton, who says Cassidy and her co-defendants “conspired to distrbute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.”


The large–scale heroin trafficking ring, based in Detroit, was busted up last May.  Fifteen suspects were arrested, many of them from Indiana County. The accused ringeader 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”. 


According to investigators another of the gang’s leaders, 20-year-old Jelina “Gino” Cook, would drive the drugs, including heroin and oxycontin, to this area fromDetroitand package it for resale. Maconwould be driven to a “ stash house” in Johnstown to get drugs to operate a stash house at his place on Stoney Run Road in Burrell Township. 


Other suspects arrested last May include three others with Blairsville addresses:  35-year-old Heather Bush, 19-year-old Clifford Camut  Jr., and 46-year-old Joan Janick.  Also 19-year-old David McGinnis Jr. of Bolivar, 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. All of the ages listed are their ages as of last May.


Cassidy will be sentenced by Judge Kim Gibson on June 27th

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