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A man at the heart of a large drug ring pleaded guilty to four counts yesterday in a Cambria county court. 

43-year-old George Lowmaster of Carroltown plead guilty before US District Judge Kim Gibson.  He had been accused of conspiracy of manufacturing and distributing over 1000 marijuana plants and several hundred grams of cocaine  from July of 2008 to May of 2011, and using a money laundering scheme to hide the profits of his drug enterprise.

As of late, several people have entered guilty pleas in exchange for their testimony against Lowmaster, including his parents Gerald and Margarite.  Both of them are facing long jail sentences and heavy fines, but those are greatly reduced compared to what they could have been facing. 

U.S. Attorney David Hickton said that George Lowmaster’s organization was one of the biggest in the Cambria County area.  The drug ring was active in 15 Pennsylvania Counties, including Indiana, and Ohio, Oregon, California and Canada.  Lowmaster will be sentenced February 19th and faces 20 years to life in prison and a fine of more than $24 million.

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