The mother of the accused ringleader in the Lowmaster drug operation yesterday pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver between 10 and 20 kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to the same charge. 66-year-old Marguerite “Dolly” Lowmaster also agreed to waive her right to appeal and to vacate her sentence. She will be sentenced to as much as five years in prison, two years of supervised release, and a fine of as much as $250,000.
In exchange for her plea, U.S. District Court Judge Kim Gibson agreed to drop a charge of conspiracy to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, for which she could have gotten 40 years and a fine of as much as $5 million.
Lowmaster was part of a drug ring and money laundering scheme that operated in fifteen counties, including Indiana County, as well as Ohio, Oregon, California, and Canada. The organization distributed marijuana, cocaine, and oxycontin. Her son, 43-year-old accused ringleader George M. Lowmaster, and her husband, 66-year-old Gerald Lowmaster, are scheduled for jury selection on October 28th. They are both working on qualifying for plea deals to head off their trials.
Twenty-five suspects were collared when authorities took down the Carrolltown-based operation in May 2011.