Lancaster man admits to drug dealing count
A Lancaster man is facing a state prison term after pleading guilty on Tuesday in Carbon County court to drug dealing.
And a Lehighton man is facing a county prison term after he also pleaded to a drug dealing charge.
Paulo Jose Candelario, 31, pleaded guilty to one count each of delivery of a controlled substance-cocaine, and possession of a controlled substance. In a plea bargain with the district attorney's office Candelario will be sentenced to a minimum state prison term of three years.
Candelario was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on May 2, 2008. He made was involved in the sale of cocaine to a confidential informant (CI) at a location in Franklin Township.
After the controlled buy was made, agents moved in and arrested Candelario. Also found in the vehicle was a handgun.
President Judge Roger N. Nanovic accepted the plea but deferred sentencing ordering the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report. Sentencing is scheduled for July 5.
Joseph Donald Koch, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
He was arrested by agents of the AG office on March 18, 2011. He sold five percocet tablets to a CI in a arranged sale in the borough.
It was noted that Koch had a prescription for the drug.
Nanovic accepted the plea but deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI be prepared. Sentencing is set for July 5.
Candelario and Koch were both scheduled to go on trial on the charges next week but by reaching plea agreements have avoided trial.