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Ohio Woman Sentenced to Probation with Home Detention for Role in Marijuana Distribution Scheme

December 9, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Hanoverton, Ohio, has been sentenced in federal court to five years of probation, the first 12 months of which must be served by conditions of home confinement, on her conviction of conspiracy to distribute and possess marijuana, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Bonnie L. Chapman, 63.

According to information presented to the court, from March 2009 to May 9, 2011, Chapman conspired with George M. Lowmaster to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana in order to facilitate and promote Lowmaster's drug distribution organization.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the joint task force, headed by the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Chapman. Other agencies participating on the task force include the Internal Revenue Service- Criminal Investigation; Pennsylvania State Police; the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office; the Cambria County District Attorney's Office; the Carrolltown Police Department; the Patton Police Department; the Ebensburg Police Department; the Portage Police Department and the Paint Township Police Department.

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