A Tamaqua man pleaded guilty in Carbon County Court Tuesday to selling drugs from a service station and was placed on probation. He was one of four defendants to enter a guilty plea in drug cases before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Asad M. Bajwa, 24, entered pleas in two pending cases with a third dropped in a plea bargain.
He was charged by Nesquehoning police with selling synthetic marijuana and other like drugs from the Solo Service Station at 701 E. Catawissa St. On March 15, 2012, borough police sent a confidential informant into the station to make a purchase of marijuana. After the sale was completed officers obtained a search warrant and entered the business and found quantities of the drugs and drug paraphernalia. Also seized was $2,276 in cash police said was drug money.
Bajwa pleaded to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession.
Bajwa told Matika, "I made a horrible mistake that will haunt me the rest of my life."
Matika placed him on probation for a year on each count, running concurrently, and ordered he supply a DNA sample, and render 50 hours of community service.
Other defendants who entered pleas included:
Heather Dawn Groegler, 27, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance alprazolam.
She was arrested at the county prison on July 10 when corrections officers noticed several female inmates showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Matika sentenced her to serve one to 12 months in prison, and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use and missed urine screens, and render 50 hours of community service when released on parole. She was given credit for six days spent in jail on the charge.
It was noted she has a detainer on her from Lehigh County where she is facing a parole/probation violation.
Rafael Antonio Falcon, 33, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-marijuana.
He was arrested on June 25 by agents of the state Attorney General's office after making a sale to a confidential informant along Railroad St., in Nesquehoning.
Matika deferred sentencing to a later date.
Waldemar Volkers, 52, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana.
He was arrested on May 23 by Nesquehoning police in the area of 135 E. Railroad St.
Matika imposed a fine of $300 and costs.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.