A Northampton County drug dealer was sentenced to a state prison term on Monday morning in Carbon County court after entering a guilty plea to a drug charge.

He was one of 12 defendants in pending cases to enter a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.

Lansford incident

John S. Tuff, 29, of Bethlehem, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin, and was sentenced to serve 15 to 30 months in a state prison.

Tuff was arrested by Lansford police on Aug. 6, 2010. Lansford police received information from Tamaqua police that two individuals had left that area and were headed for Lansford and believed to have illegal drugs in their vehicle.

The two were under surveillance by drug task force members and reportedly got the drugs in the Allentown area and came to the Panther Valley area to sell them.

A vehicle stop was made by Lansford police and found in the car were 36 packages of heroin. Tuff was a passenger in the vehicle.

Tuff is also facing charges in other counties, it was noted.

In addition to the jail term Serfass ordered him to supply a DNA sample and imposed zero tolerance on drug and alcohol (D&A) use. He was given credit for 13 days spent in jail on the charge.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas included:

Adam Edward Crowley, 25, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on March 21, 2011, in the 100 block of N. First St., Lehighton.

Police spotted Crowley in the area and had an active warrant for his arrest. When they took him into custody, during a routine "patdown", they found a glass pipe on him used for heroin.

Serfass sentenced him to serve one to 12 months in prison, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance on D&A use, attend and complete anger management counseling, and not be released until a preparole plan is approved by the adult probation office.

He was given credit for 36 days spent in jail on the charge.

Cassandra Poole, 26, of Danville, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on Nov. 30, 2011, along Bridge St., in Weissport, by state police at Lehighton, following a vehicle stop. Heroin was found in the vehicle.

Serfass placed her on probation for a year and ordered her to get a D&A evaluation and imposed zero tolerance on D&A use.

Robert F. Shafer, 26, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Oct. 21, 2010, when police responded to a reported disturbance in the townhouse complex in Summit Hill.

Shafer was previously placed in the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders but was revoked from it for not complying with all conditions.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he pay a fine of $100, attend anger management counseling, and render 50 hours of community service.

Daniel S. Leslie Jr., 18, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of marijuana. He was arrested on Feb. 9, 2012, at the Carbon County Vo-Tech Center in Jim Thorpe, by borough police. School officials found a small amount of marijuana on him.

Serfass imposed a fine of $500 because Leslie had obtained drug and alcohol counseling.

Trevor Scott Hunsicker, 24, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance-heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on Jan. 10 in the area of 318 1/2 E. Alley in Lehighton, by state police at Lehighton, following a vehicle stop. Found in the car was 25 baggies of heroin and a counterfeit $20 bill that had illegal substances wrapped in it.

Serfass sentenced Hunsicker to serve three to six months in jail on the possession of a controlled substance charge and one year probation on the possession of drug paraphernalia count. The terms run consecutively.

He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render a total of 75 hours of community service when released from jail.

He was given credit for nine days spent in jail on the charge.

Joshua Strohl, 23, of Ashfield, pleaded to one count of receiving stolen property. He was arrested on Nov. 5, 2011, by Mahoning Township police for an incident at the Walmart store.

Strohl was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to render 75 hours of community service.

Jared Aaron-Charles Hauser, 23, of Weissport, pleaded to one count each of theft and possession of a controlled substance-oxycodone.

He was arrested by Franklin Township on Feb. 15, 2010, for stealing oxycodone pills from the home of is mother along Long Run Road. He was previously placed in the ARD program but was revoked for failure to complete all the conditions.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year on each count, running consecutively. He was also ordered he get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render total of 100 hours of community service.

Howard Pfeiffer, 45, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a summary offense. He was arrested on July 34, 2011, by Lansford police for an incident involving Bridget Murphy, as the victim. Police called it a domestic dispute.

He was sentenced to time served, 21 days in jail, and ordered to pay a fine of $300.

Christiane M. Strohl, 34, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of harassment, as a summary offense. She was arrested on Jan. 12 by Jim Thorpe police for a domestic incident with her husband, Kyle Strohl, the victim.

She was sentenced to time served, six days in jail, and ordered to pay a fine of $50.

William Michael Tworkowsky, 18, of Danielsville, pleaded to one count of driving under the influence (DUI), a first offense. He was arrested on Feb. 16 along Race St., in Jim Thorpe. Given a test, the result was .17BAC.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Edward Eugene Whiteheadd III, 27, of Andreas, pleaded to one count of possession for drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Feb. 11 by state police following a vehicle stop along Summit Avenue in Lehighton. Found were two glass pipes used for marijuana.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, and render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation of parole.

ARD placements

Two defendants were placed in the county's ARD program for a year each. If they successfully complete the program their record will be wiped clean. A person does not admit guilt in entering the program.

Antonio Serradella, 36, was placed on a DUI charge. He was arrested on Nov. 6, 2011, along SR209 in Lehighton by state police at Lehighton. He refused a test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Serfass ordered he be assessed $450 for the program, get a D&A evaluation, and license suspended for an additional 60 days.

Jacob T. Tripp, 27, of Walnutport, was placed on a charge of accidents involving damage to attended vehicle (hit and run). He was arrested on Nov. 11, 2011, along Mauch Chunk St., in Mahoning Township.

He was assessed $350 and ordered to render 05 hours of community service.

Both must pay court costs of about $1,000 and a $50 per month supervision fee while in the program.