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July 5, 2011

Two admit roles in Carrolltown drug ring

— Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Johnstown to their roles in an alleged multimillion-dollar drug ring that was based in Carrolltown.

More than a dozen people have been charged in the case, and more arrests are anticipated.

Both men entered their pleas before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson and will be sentenced Dec. 2.

U.S. Attorney John J. Valkovci Jr. prosecuted the cases.

Stephen D. Lamont, 34, of the 600 block of St. Augustine Road, Patton, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of marijuana plants. The court was advised that on May 9, Lamont possessed with the intent to distribute 50 or more but less than 100 marijuana plants.

Christopher J. Jolly, 37, of the 500 block of Magee Avenue, Patton, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute marijuana.

The court was advised that from March 2009 to May 9, Jolly conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

A kilogram is a little more than 2 pounds.

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