CLEARFIELD — One member of a Houtzdale drug ring was sentenced Monday to State Correctional Institution Greene. Todd M. Anderson, 45, of Madera, could spend between 8 and 16 years behind bars for allegedly selling cocaine.

The defense for Anderson disputed his characterization as a “drug kingpin” during his sentencing before Judge Fredric Ammerman, and asked that his lack of serious prior offenses be considered. Reading from a letter he wrote, Anderson told the judge that he regretted his decisions and would accept the consequences for them, but did ask for leniency.

“The only way to move forward with my life is to change and set a better example,” Anderson said.

Anderson was said to be a part of a small drug dealing organization made up of his wife, her son and several other individuals. In the spring of 2017, he unwittingly sold cocaine to a criminal informant in a series of controlled purchases orchestrated by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.

The informant had previously said that he purchased cocaine from other members of the outfit on other occasions, but that it was Anderson he contacted to set up the “buys.”

Prior to his sentencing, Anderson had been housed in the Clearfield County Prison. He negotiated a guilty plea agreement in December of 2017.

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