Second Lowmaster family member accepts plea deal

JOHNSTOWN – Another member of the Lowmaster family, who are accused of operating a multimillion dollar drug ring in Cambria County, has pleaded guilty in federal court.

U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Thursday that Gerald “Jerry” Lowmaster, 67, of 387 N. Main St., Carrolltown, has pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering in connection to his role in his son’s purported large-scale drug operation.

Jerry Lowmaster changed his plea just weeks before he and his son, George “Beaver” Lowmaster, 43, of Carrolltown were supposed to go to trial on federal charges stemming from a 10-count federal grand jury indictment handed down in May 2011 after an investigation by local, state and federal drug investigators into the alleged drug organization.

George Lowmaster is considered by law enforcement to be the head of a criminal organization that sold millions of dollars worth of marijuana, prescription pills and cocaine between March 2008 and May 9, 2011, when police raided the Lowmasters’ Carrolltown compound and took 25 people into custody.

Jerry Lowmaster’s wife – and George Lowmaster’s mother – Marguerite G. “Dolly” Lowmaster, 66, of Carrolltown changed her plea to guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Johnstown.

Jerry Lowmaster remains free on bond pending sentencing by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson on Feb. 27, according to the Justice Department. Jerry Lowmaster faces as many as 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $500,000.

The investigation into the alleged drug ring spanned 15 Pennsylvania counties and expanded into Ohio, Oregon and California.