Drug dealer gets jail term
A Carbon County man, involved in a drug ring, was sentenced to a county prison term on Monday in the county court.
James A. Neff, 57, who had addresses in Lehighton and Lansford as well as Tamaqua at one time, was sentenced by Senior Judge Richard W. Webb to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison.
Neff had previously pleaded guilty to one count of criminal use of a communication facility, a felony three. He also pleaded previously to a harassment count in another matter.
Neff was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on drug dealing charges involving cocaine and crack cocaine sales.
Neff was among nine persons arrested in February of 2009 as part of a ring that operated in Carbon and Lehigh counties. The ring operated during the period of October 2006 to May 2008.
Defense Atty. Brian Collins told Webb that Neff had a long term addiction problem and tried to get help but kept going back to drug use.
He told the court, "He has hit rock-bottom." Collins said Neff has serious health problems. Neff told Webb he wanted to change his life and told the court, "I'm sorry for what I did."
Webb also ordered Neff to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and must supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.
He was arrested for harassment for an incident on Feb. 26 2009, when he was arrested during the drug roundup. He was charged with harassing Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith, who was working with drug task force during the roundup. On that count Webb imposed a fine of $300. Neff must also pay court costs and a $50 per month supervision fee when paroled.