Schuylkill woman admits to drug problem, faces state prison term
A Schuylkill County woman pleaded guilty to a drug dealing charge in Carbon County court on Tuesday and was told she faces a state prison term at the time of sentencing.
She was one of six defendants in pending drug cases to enter a guilty plea before Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Dale Ann Stevens, 42, of Coaldale, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.
She was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after she sold heroin to a confidential informant (CI) on March 7 in the area of 82 W. Center St., Nesquehoning.
In a plea bargain with the district attorney's office other drug counts were dropped. Also, the agreement called for a county prison term if it was within sentencing guidelines.
Matika told Stevens that based on her prior record score the standard sentencing range the court follows indicates a state prison term must be imposed. He then asked her if she still wanted to enter the plea knowing the sentence would not be at the county level.
After conferring with defense Attorney Gregory L. Mousseau, she said she would go through with the plea.
Matika accepted the plea but deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.
Other defendants who entered pleas to drug counts included:
Christopher Robert Devers, 26, and his wife, Desire Nicole devers, 24, both of Coaldale, each pleaded to one count of criminal conspiracy - possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
They were arrested on Aug. 1, 2012, by agents of the AG office following the sale of heroin to a CI in the area of 40 E. Amidon St., in Summit Hill. When taken into custody Mrs. Devers admitted having 100 bags of heroin in their home and over $4,000 in cash gain from sales of the drug.
Matika accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.
Diane Jean Mcfadden, 54, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-vicodin.
She was arrested by borough police after she sold the drug to a CI in the area of the General Dollar Store along E. Catawissa St. on March 20.
In a plea bargain two other cases involving charges of criminal use of a communication facility, also tied to drug sales, were dropped.
Matika deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI. Defense Attorney Robert T. Yurchak also told the court his client was going to apply for placement in the county's Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP) with electronic monitoring since she faces a prison term under state sentencing guidelines.
Todd Matthew Miller, 20, of Weatherly, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on March 22 by Weatherly police at his home at 410 Third St.
Police were called to the home by Miller's father who said his son was involved in illegal drug use. On scene officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room.
Miller is currently in the county prison serving a three to six months term for a probation violation. It was also noted that Miller has mental health issues.
Matika placed him on probation for nine months and ordered he get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, render 25 hours of community service when released from prison, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and continue his mental health counseling.
The term runs consecutive to the prison term he is currently serving.
Robert John Moyer, 57, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Oct. 28, 2011, by agents of the state AG office after selling seven tablets of hydrocodone to a CI in the area of 700 E. Patterson St., Lansford.
In a plea agreement a more serious charge of possession with intent to deliver was dropped. It was noted the arresting agent agreed to the plea bargain.
Matika placed him on probation for a year and ordered zero tolerance for D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.
Paula Damario, 23, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested on July 12, 2012, in the area of 522 E. Bertsch St., by Lansford police.
She was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.