- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - The leader of a family-run drug ring in western Pennsylvania apologized for getting his relatives involved before he was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Forty-four-year-old George Lowmaster, of Carrolltown, was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge in Johnstown for being the ringleader of a group that peddled marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills in southwestern Pennsylvania.

His father, 67-year-old Gerald Lowmaster is serving 46 months in prison for laundering some of the drug money by remodeling his bar and purchasing a motor home for his son with drug proceeds. George Lowmaster says he simply gave his parents the money to help them out financially, and didn’t intend that they would be caught up in the drug operation.

Federal prosecutors also said his wife and mother-in-law for lesser roles.

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