Area woman gets house arrest for role in drug ring

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A county woman’s involvement in a marijuana distribution ring has landed her on house arrest and probation, according to reports from the newspaper’s news partner, WKBN.

According to reports, Bonnie L. Chapman, 63, of Woodale Drive, Hanoverton, was sentenced in federal court on Monday and given five years’ probation, with the first 12 months served on house arrest.

She was convicted of conspiring to distribute and possess marijuana, and according to WKBN had

conspired with George M. Lowmaster to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana as part of Lowmaster’s drug ring.

The crimes are reported to have occurred between March 2009 and May 2011, and during that time a raid was conducted on Lowmaster’s property.

Lowmaster pleaded guilty to four federal drug trafficking charges in October and awaits a Feb. 19 sentencing. The charges could mean life in prison and a $24 million fine, according to reports.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Chapman was one of 25 people to plead to their roles in the drug ring that dealt in marijuana, cocaine, oxycodone and methadone. The ring reportedly stretched from western Pennsylvania to the West Coast and Canada.