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Nesquehoning man given a jail term for drug count

Published December 13. 2011 05:01PM

A Nesquehoning man was sentenced to a jail term on Monday in Carbon County court on a drug count.

Sean McFadden, 22, was sentenced by Judge Steven R. Serfass to serve six months to one year in prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance-heroin and one year probation on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. The terms run consecutive.

McFadden previously pleaded guilty to the charges. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident on July 3. Police were investigating a report filed by McFadden's mother, Diane, that he took her vehicle without her permission. Police later found him and in possession of the drugs. A count of unauthorized use of a vehicle was dropped in a plea bargain.

Serfass also ordered imposed zero tolerance on drug and alcohol use and McFadden must submit to random testing. He was given credit for 75 days spent in jail on the charges.

Jail for DUI

Michael Graham, 28, of White Haven, was sentenced to a county prison term on a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). He previously pleaded guilty to the charge. He was arrested on May 29 along Main St. in Weatherly. He refused a test and will lose his license for a year for the refusal.

Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days to five years, get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, license suspended an additional 18 months and a fine of $1,500.

He will serve 30 days straight in prison, which began immediately, and then the remaining 60 days in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring upon his release.

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

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