Seven defendants in pending drug cases entered guilty pleas in Carbon County court on Tuesday before Judge Joseph J. Matika.

Search warrant

Richard Earl George Jr., 40, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance methamphetamine.

George was arrested on Feb. 6 when agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force served a search warrant on his residence at 428 W. Iron St. Found in the home were bags of methamphetamine and other drug items.

Matika sentenced George to serve 10 to 20 months in the county prison with credit for 195 days already spent in jail on the charge. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and render 100 hours of community service when released on parole.

It was noted George is facing a probation violation in Northampton County.

Sold to CI

Jermaine Thomas, 40, of Brockton, Schuylkill County, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance heroin.

Thomas was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after he sold 71 bags of heroin to a confidential informant (CI). The sale occurred on Oct. 5, 2012, in the area of 745 E. Patterson St., Lansford.

Thomas is facing a long state prison term at the time of sentencing because of the charge and prior convictions of drug sales.

Matika deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

Other pleas

Other defendants who entered guilty pleas to drug counts included:

Brian Eugene Engle Jr., 27, of Shickshinny, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance heroin, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on Nov. 20, 2011, along Broad Street by Beaver Meadows police. Police responded to a disturbance involving Engle and another man. During a pat-down police found heroin and paraphernalia on him.

Sentencing was deferred.

Holly Ann Eckhart, 47, Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance crystal methamphetamine.

She was arrested by state police on March 30, 2011, following a search warrant at a residence in Lower Towamensing Township. Troopers found crystal meth and marijuana in the home.

Sentencing was deferred.

Phillip Myron Thompson, 44, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count each of possession of a controlled substance marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thompson was arrested on Sept. 19, 2012, when borough police served a search warrant on his residence at 111 E. Holland St. Police found Thompson was growing two marijuana plants in his basement. They also found materials used in growing the plants.

Sentencing was deferred.

Derek Hunsicker, 24, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on Jan. 6 by Lansford police following a traffic stop. He was a passenger in the car. At the stop police learned there was a warrant for his arrest on other charges. During a pat-down police found paraphernalia on him.

Matika sentenced him to serve six months probation, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.

Hunsicker is currently in the county prison on a probation violation charge.

Michael Allen Treiber Jr., 21, of Slatington, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arrested on April 2 at the county prison by Nesquehoning police. While being processed at the jail, where he was going to be placed on another matter, correction officers found drug paraphernalia hidden in his shoe.

Matika placed him on probation for six months and ordered he render 25 hours of community service.

The defendants who were sentenced were also ordered to pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.