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Suspects in Tyrone drug dealing plead guilty

The Blair County DA’s office and the county’s Drug Task Force announced today the convictions and sentencing of four drug dealers with connections to New York state.
According to a press release from the Blair County’s District Attorney’s office, the defendants in the case plead guilty yesterday in Blair County Court where they were set to appear for jury selection.
The case had Tyrone connections, according to the release. Several agencies including Tyrone Police, the Bellwood Police department, the Attorney General’s office and other police departments executed a search warrant at an apartment on Washington Avenue in Tyrone on Sept. 29 and 30 in Tyrone. Within hours, the investigation culminated in a search of a trailer on old Route 220 in Greenfield Township.
Assistant DA Terry Tomassetti explained the searches resulted in charges against several people and the recovery of a large amount of heroin and cocaine with a street value of $100,000.
Tomassetti also said the sentences of the four defendants were significant because they had no prior criminal records. He also noted the significance of where the activity took place.
“These sentences send a message to the public in Blair County that the fight against drugs isn’t limited to the city of Altoona; it will reach to the outskirts of Blair County to the north and the south,” said Tomassetti. “Even more importantly, it sends a message to the drug dealers that law enforcement will find you- no place is safe.”
The DA’s office released the following information on the defendants and their sentences:
• Andy Brown of Middletown, NY, received a sentence of five to 10 years and a fine of $15,000 on charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin;
• Joshua Thompson, formerly of Monticello, NY, received a sentence of five to 10 years and a fine of $15,000 on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin;
• Nathan McDonald of Brooklyn, NY, received a sentence of four and a half to nine years for charges of possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver heroin and
• Andrew Brown (brother of Andy Brown) received two to four years for a charge of conspiracy to commit delivery of heroin.