Drug kingpin’s wife receives probation

Most of the major charges against the wife of drug kingpin Jermaine Samuel have been dismissed, and she has been placed on probation for three years on a conspiracy offense, according to a sentencing order filed Friday in the Blair County Courthouse.

Lieesha Samuel , 31, of 105 16th St., was scheduled for a jury trial in the next couple of months, but this month she decided to enter a no contest plea to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver less than 2.5 grams of cocaine.

Blair County Judge Hiram A. Carpenter approved a plea agreement under which Samuel will pay a fine of $300 and be placed on probation for three years.

The sentence she received was in sharp contrast to that of her husband who earlier this year was sentenced to 46 to 103 years behind bars by Blair County Judge Daniel J. Milliron.

Milliron last winter presided over Jermaine Samuel’s trial in which he was charged as a major player in Baltimore-to-Altoona cocaine ring that operated out of the Corner Bar & Grill in Altoona in 2010 and 2011.

A jury found Jermaine Samuel took over the operation of the Corner Bar drug operation when the alleged leader of the group, Damion Floyd of Baltimore, went to prison for four to eight years after being arrested in Bedford County in 2010 during a traffic stop. Police found a large supply of cocaine in the car in which he was riding.

The West Drug Task Force recorded thousands of calls and examined text message involving Jermaine Samuel and the drug operation.

When police closed down the Corner Bar on Nov. 3, 2011, Lieesha Samuel was among those arrested, but her Altoona attorney, Steven P. Passarello, contended she was not part of the drug operation.