Court sentences mother, daughter

Pair were part of cocaine ring

CLEARFIELD — A former Houtzdale woman and her daughter both accused of selling cocaine were sentenced Tuesday during a special sentencing court session in Clearfield County.

Pamela Gavlak, 52, and Catherine Anderson, 35, Madera, were involved in a drug ring that was making about $10,000 a month, officials said.

According to a press release from the Attorney General’s office, Catherine Anderson’s husband, Todd Anderson, 46, was identified as the ring leader of the group and as the one who was bringing two to three ounces of cocaine into Clearfield County from Beaver County a few times a month.

Gavlak was sentenced by Judge Fredric J. Ammer­man to 22 months to five years in state prison for possessing a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of communication facility.

Catherine Anderson pleaded guilty to similar charges and was given a sentence of 11.5 months to two years, less one day in the county jail.

Previously Todd Anderson and his uncle, Leroy Bryant were each sentenced to eight to 16 years in state prison.

The last family member involved, Robert Gavlak, Pamela’s son, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11.5 months to two years, less one day in the county jail.

The individuals were identified after a series of controlled drug purchases from July 2016 through March 2017.

Investigators seized more than 70 grams of cocaine, $2,750 in cash and drug paraphernalia through raids in Houtzdale in March 2017 and Bryant’s Philipsburg residence in June 2017.