It’s been over two years since a federal indictment charged 16 individuals with operating a regional methamphetamine ring out of a Grand Valley residence.
One-by-one, the individual cases are working their way through federal court.
The investigation started with a local Warren County Drug Task Force investigation at “The Farm,” which refers to the Grand Valley location at 530 Hunter School Road.
Federal officials unsealed an indictment in September 2020 that alleged that Carina Tucker, Titusville, and Gail Flick, Garland, would drive to Akron, Ohio two to three times per week to pick up half a pound of methamphetamine.
Local law enforcement sources said Tucker and Flick would return through Erie and drop to Titusville — “they all called Titusville T-Vegas” — and the meth “spiderwebbed” through the area to the end user through a series of runners living at “The Farm.”
Each of the 16 faced the prospect of life in prison as a maximum penalty. While it seems unlikely any will receive such a consequence, there are sizable sentences being handed down as part of this operation.
A sentencing memorandum against Sarah Bloom filed by her council details one such instance: “The drug quantity attributed to her in the conspiracy, determined from her ‘Facebook account and statements of cooperating witnesses,’ was more than 500 grams, causing her to face a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years.
“In the midst of her addiction, Ms. Bloom found herself a third-tier runner in a distribution network,” the memo stated. “Ms. Bloom is demonstrating an enduring and rewarding freedom from addiction. Everyone in her family sees it…. A ten-year sentence is highly punitive. Ms. Bloom will spend almost her entire 30s in prison.”
Flick, who court records say will be sentenced next month, faces a 15-year minimum.
Two defendants — Kevin Huet and Tedra McGarvie — pleaded guilty to lesser charges earlier this month and have yet to be sentenced.
Another — Trevor McGarvie — was sentenced to two years incarceration earlier this week.
In a letter to the court, he accepted responsibility for his role.
“I know what I did and I know that it was wrong,” he wrote. “I have to pay for my crimes but I will use this time to better myself so that it never happens again…. I am also ready to prove to the court and myself that I’m ready to be a productive member of society.”
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