Date: June 12, 2020
JOHNSTOWN — Thirty-eight residents of Centre, Clearfield, Clinton and Erie Counties in Pennsylvania have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, money laundering, and unlawful possession of firearms. The defendants were arrested Tuesday by federal, state and local law enforcement.
The ten-count Indictment, returned on May 19 and unsealed today, named:
|John Christopher Bisbee||Erie|
|Alexis Brolin, Jr.||Allport|
|Toby Lee Coker||State Correctional Institution - Albion|
|John Cyphert||Centre Hall|
|Brian Gidney||Mineral Spring|
|Keegan McChesney||Osceola Mills|
|Jared Nyman||Lock Haven|
|Robert Nyman||Mill Hall|
|Dennis James Rauch||Clearfield|
|David Richard Smith||Sandy Ridge|
John Christopher Bisbee and Alexis Brolin, Jr. are charged at Count One with participating in a continuing criminal enterprise as principal administrator that involves 1,000 grams or more of methamphetamine or 10 kilograms or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, from July 2019 to June 2020. The statute calls for a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
The Indictment charges all defendants, with the exception of Evarie Magee, with Count Two, conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine or a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, from July 2019 to June 2020, in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The statue calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.
John Christopher Bisbee, Alexis Brolin, Jr., Jonathan Bierley and Evarie Magee are charged at Count Three with conspiracy to commit money laundering from July 2019 to June 2020. The statute calls for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Alexis Brolin, Jr. is charged at Count Four, unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon in and around and between July 2019 and April 4, 2020. He is also charged at Count Five, Possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in and around and between July 2019 and April 4, 2020. The statutes call for a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for the felon in possession charge and a minimum sentence of five years in prison for possession in furtherance of a drug crime charge.
Dennis James Rauch is charged at Counts Six and Seven with unlawful possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in and around March 2020. He is also charged with Count Ten with Possession with intent to distribute and/or distribution of methamphetamine or a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on March 14, 2020. The statutes call for a maximum sentence of ten years of incarceration and a minimum sentence of five years of incarceration, respectively.
Toby Lee Coker is charged at Count Eight with possession with intent to distribute and/or distribution of methamphetamine or a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on February 20, 2020. The statute calls for a maximum sentence of 30 years of incarceration.
Mark Hackett is charged at Count Nine with possession with intent to distribute and/or distribution of methamphetamine or a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on December 18, 2019. That statute calls for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years of incarceration.
Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendants.
Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The investigation leading to the Indictment in this case was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the United States Postal Inspection Service, Homeland Security Investigations, Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, Clearfield County District Attorney's Office, Erie County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania State Police, Millcreek Police Department, Erie Bureau of Police, and other local law enforcement agencies.
This case is part of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force program, known as OCDETF. OCDETF was established in 1982 to support comprehensive investigations and prosecutions of major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations. It is the keystone of the drug reduction strategy of the Department of Justice. By combining the resources and expertise of federal agencies and their state and local law enforcement partners, OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the most serious drug trafficking, money laundering, and transnational criminal organizations.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.