Two persons were placed on probation in Carbon County court on Thursday after entering guilty pleas to drug related charges while a third defendant admitted to two theft counts in connection with an arranged drug deal.
The defendants appeared before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II.
Matthew Todd Borst, 21, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin.
Borst was arrested following an incident on Sept. 9, 2011, at the Bowmanstown Cemetery in Lower Towamensing Township.
State police at Lehighton responded to the area after receiving a report of a possible heroin overdose. Borst was the person who had overdosed and was transported to the Palmerton hospital in a unconscious condition. He recovered and was charged by troopers.
Defense Attorney Michael Stump told Nanovic that his client was "scared straight" by the near-death incident. He said Borst has addressed his problem by getting rehabiliation treatment.
Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment and imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.
Karalyn M. Dietrich, 23, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-heroin. She was arrested on July 20, 2008, during a vehicle stop along E. Patterson St., in Lansford. Also found in the vehicle was a 9mm handgun. A firearms count was dropped in a plea bargain.
Dietrich was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabiliation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but was revoked for continuing to use illegal drugs.
Dietrich told Nanovic she has addressed her problem by going through a 30-day inpatient rehab program. It was noted it was the fourth time she had gone through such a program.
Nanovic placed her on probation for a year and ordered she get a D&A evaluation, continue her counseling program, and imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.
Matthew Brungard, 28, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception.
Brungard was involved in a controlled drug buy conducted by agents of the state Attorney General's office. Brungard was contacted to sell cocaine to a confidential informant. He took the $600 for the purchase but never delivered the drugs and was charged.
Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.
The two sentenced must also pay court costs, which averages close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.