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Lehigh man pleads to drug charges

Published March 14. 2011 05:00PM

A Lehigh County man, a former resident of Carbon County, pleaded guilty to two drug charges in the county court on Friday.

Gerald J. Smith, 56, of Allentown, pleaded guilty to counts of possession of a controlled substance-heroin and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.

Smith was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office.

On Aug. 15, 2009, Smith made a sale to a confidential informant (CI) in the Lehighton area. He sold the CI eight packs of heroin.

On Sept. 18, 2009, agents had Smith under surveillance and followed him from the Allentown area to Carbon County where they made a vehicle stop. Found in the vehicle was 25 bags of heroin.

Arrangements were made previously for Smith to make another sale to the CI.

In a plea agreement, Smith faces a county prison term of a minimum of 21 months in jail at the time of sentencing.

President Judge Roger N. Nanovic accepted the plea but deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence inviestigation (PSI) report. Nanovic told Smith if the court didn't go along with the plea agreement relative to the sentence he would let him withdraw his plea, if he wanted to.

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