A Lehighton man pleaded guilty in Carbon County court on Tuesday for his part in the operation of a methamphetamine lab.
He was one of five defendants in pending drug-related cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Todd Francis Cermak, 31, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of precursors and chemicals for a meth lab.
He was arrested by agents of the state attorney general's office and Mahoning Township police after a search warrant was served at 285-36 Lower Nis Hollow Drive on April 23. At the time of the warrant, Cermak was incarcerated in Carbon County prison for a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats, the result of an incident a week earlier.
As a result of the search, police seized numerous items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Charges dropped in a plea bargain with the district attorney's office were manufacture of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy-manufacture of a controlled substance, operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste; criminal conspiracy operating a methamphetamine laboratory and illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste; liquified ammonia gas, precursors and chemicals; and possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia.
Cermak also pleaded to one count of terroristic threats for an incident on April 18 at the same residence with Sarah Meckel the victim, who resided at the home with Cermak.
On the drug count Matika sentenced Cermak to serve three to 18 months in the county prison and on the threats charge he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the drug sentence.
Cermak was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, supply a DNA sample, render 75 hours of community service when released on parole, make restitution of $78.11 to Meckel, and have no contact with her.
He was given credit for 65 days already spent in jail on the charges.
Other defendants who entered guilty pleas in drug cases included:
Adam Michael Rebarchak, 20, of Weatherly, pleaded to one count each of criminal conspiracy-to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested by Weatherly police for making sales of heroin to a confidential informant on several occasions. Also charged in connection with the incidents were his brother, Edward Rebarchak, and Dylan Danko.
Rebarchak said he has a prior medical condition since youth that started him out using painkillers. He graduated from the painkillers to other substances. He said he is seeking help for his problem.
Matika sentenced him to serve three to 18 months in the county prison on the conspiracy count and one year probation on each of the other counts, with all terms running concurrently.
He was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample.
He was given credit for 82 days already spent in jail on the charges.
Sabrina L. Kulp, 35, of Jim Thorpe, formerly of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance.
She was arrested at the county prison on Jan. 13. She was brought to the prison on another charge, and during the process of admitting her to the jail, correction officers found a packet of meth hidden in her shoe.
Matika place her on probation for a year and ordered her to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance for D&A use and render 50 hours of community service.
Kyle Nalesnik, 24, of Lansford, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance for an incident on Feb. 14 in the area of 500 W. Bertsch St., filed by Lansford police; possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on Jan. 30 in Lansford, in the area of 146 W. Patterson St.; and retail theft for an incident on Feb. 6 at the Turkey Hill Market in Lansford.
Matika deferred sentencing.
Antonio D. Dabrio, 24, of New York City, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was arrested on March 6 along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge following a vehicle stop. Dabrio was a passenger in the vehicle.
Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he render 25 hours of community service.
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.