Westmoreland man among two facing federal drug charges

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A California man and a Penn Township, Westmoreland County man, one a senior citizen, have been accused in an indictment of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, according to court documents unsealed this morning.

Kevin Nicol, 57, of the Harrison City neioghborhood in Penn Township, faces federal charges of conspiring to distribute and possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Also accused is Dominick Spickle, 78, of Sacramento. All of the crimes, according to the indictment, occurred in September.

Both men were initially charged in state court in Westmoreland County. Online records indicate that the state charges against Mr. Nicol have been been withdrawn, but Mr. Spickle is scheduled for trial in March.

Both were released on $20,000 unsecured bond and ordered to remain in Western Pennsylvania. They face arraignment on Monday.

The charges stem from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the state police, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton's office. No details were released.

Mr. Spickle's public defender said she had little knowledge of the case. Mr. Nicol's court-appointed attorney could not be immediately reached. mobilehome - breaking - neigh_east

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 or Twitter @richelord.


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