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Alleged drug ring unravels in county justice system

Another member of an alleged city drug ring uncovered during an August 2018 raid pled guilty Tuesday via Zoom.

Michael L. Hargrove-Troutman, 25, of 234 Linn St., said that, although he holds associates degrees in business and marketing, he went for the “easy money.”

“I’m not a user but I was doing it just to make some extra money,” he said.

The plea deal with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office was for one year probation with at least three months spent with an electronic monitoring device.

Of the six others involved, three have pleaded guilty to their participation.

Ehramis Lemar Chism, 28, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on May 8 and was sentenced to six months to 371 days in prison and 6 months probation.

Kiara S. Lowe, 25, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty on Aug. 23, 2019, and was sentenced to 10 months to 729 days in prison and two years probation.

Alan Lawson Hatcher, 35, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty on Oct. 26, 2018, and was sentenced to 10 to 23 months in prison and three years probation.

Two other active cases include: Bruce L. Jackson Jr., 26, of Williamsport, who has been released on unsecured bail since Aug. 2, 2019, and Kalief Bradshaw, 33, of Philadelphia, who is being held at SCI Benner Township for violating his probation from a 2012 drug case.

Both cases stemming from the 2018 raid have been continued due to COVID-19.

The drug ring’s alleged ringleader, Akmed Basil Greene, 28, of Philadelphia, remains in Lycoming County Prison on $150,000 bail. His pre-trial was scheduled for Tuesday, but was continued.

It was he who police said flushed an estimated $10,000 worth of heroin as police raided his home at 1451 Memorial Ave. on Aug. 14, 2018. He was later released without being charged as police gathered evidence against most of the ring.

Each admitted or alleged member was arrested in the coming months, until Dec. 14, when Greene was arrested on a parole violation.

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