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Blairsville woman is third this year to plead guilty


A Blairsville woman has become the latest of the fifteen defendants in a large-scale drug organization to admit her guilt in federal court.  29-year-old Stacey Simms on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin. 


Simms and fourteen co-defendants were indicted by a federal grand jury in June of last year.  The drug pipeline led from Detroit, Michigan, to the home of DeWann Macon along Stoney Run Stoney Run Road in Burrell Township, to a Johnstown home.  The accused ringleader was Kenneth “Kane” Carter of Detroit, and his chief “supervisors” in the area were Macon and Jelina Cook of Johnstown.  They and their street dealers were distributing heroin and “opana”, a pill form of oxymorphone.


Simms, who faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison plus a fine of as much as $1 million, will be sentenced on December 3rd by U.S. District Judge Kim Gibson.


Other area defendants include Heather Bush, Clifford Camut Jr., and Joan Janick, all of Blairsville; David McGinnis Jr. of Bolivar; Amanda Overly of Robinson; Brian Davenport of New Florence; Arley Earhart of Latrobe; and Ethan Earhart of Derry. Holly Thomas of Derryand Kimberly Cassidy of Blairsville pleaded guilty earlier this year.


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