Illegal drug cases took up the bulk of the docket recently in the court of District Judge Stephen Bayer, whose office is in Tamaqua. All of the defendants chose to waive their rights to preliminary hearings.

Christopher L. Thompson, 29, of 621 Pardeesville Road, Hazle Township, had three cases scheduled before Judge Bayer, all related to drug sales in 2013 in Tamaqua. Charges from an Aug. 14 sale, filed by Tamaqua patrolman Anthony Stanell, include two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility.

Bail was set at $15,000.

Identical charges were filed against Thompson by Tamaqua patrolman Thomas Rodgers following an Aug. 22 drug buy.

Bail on those charges was also set at $15,000.

Thompson was also charged in connection with a Sept. 4 incident. Those charges were filed by Tamaqua Police Chief Richard Weaver and include two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, two felony counts of criminal conspiracy of possession with intent to deliver, endangering the welfare of children, criminal use of a communications facility and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a controlled substance.

Bail on those charges was set at $15,000.

Noelle Hanna Parisi, 18, of 223 Pine St., Tamaqua, had two cases scheduled in district court. Charges in both cases were two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communication facility. Stanell was the arresting officer in both cases, from May 14 and May 21.

Bail in the earlier case was set at $25,000 unsecured, while the second case had bail of $25,000, later reduced to $5,000 percentage.

Amber Nicole Allen, 22, of 208 E. High St., Coaldale, was charged with possession of marijuana (withdrawn) and possession of drug paraphernalia following a June 10 incident. The charges were filed by Rush Township police Sgt. Duane Frederick.

She was released on her own recognizance.

Michael J. Kabana, 4, of 15 W. Ruddle St., Coaldale, faces charges of possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of a communications facility. The charges stem from a June 4 incident and were filed by Stanell.

Kabana was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Dawn Marie Durant, 33, of 529 Penn Court, Hazleton, waived charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance-metabolite and speeding filed by Rush Township patrolman Alexander Kosatschkow after a March 21 incident. Charges of DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia were withdrawn.

She was released on her own recognizance.

Bernadette Poznar, 34, of Hazleton, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without required headlights. The charges were filed by McAdoo patrolman William Curilla after a Feb. 24 traffic stop.

She was released on her own recognizance.

Joshua Ray Hux, 21, of 18 Maple Ave., Barnesville, was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to use low beams and purchasing alcohol by a minor. The incident happened on Feb. 25, one month before his 21st birthday.

He was released on his own recognizance.

Thomas Anthony Stanton, 25, of 321 Furnace St., Shenandoah, was the only defendant who failed to appear for his hearing. He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges, which were held over for court trial, were filed by Rush Township patrolman Adam Sinton following a March 17 incident.

A warrant could be issued for his arrest.