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July 3, 2013

Woman pleads in drug case

JOHNSTOWN — A Windber woman who police said was selling drugs brought in from Franklin County pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Jamie Porcher, 28, of 22nd Street, entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge Kim R. Gibson, admitting she conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine between November 2011 and July 18, 2012.

Porcher was arrested July 20 as part of a bust that Cambria Drug Task Force agents said took $25,000 worth of the powdered drug from a Moxham home.

At the time, police said large quantities of coke was brought from Franklin County for distribution .

Porcher ended up facing federal charges – and her guilty plea provides for a sentence of up to 40 years in jail and millions in fines, although prior criminal history, if any, and seriousness of individual offenses weigh in to the sentencing guidelines.

Porcher remains free on bond, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.

Gibson has scheduled sentencing for Dec. 3.

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