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Carbon man admits to drug dealing; facing prison term

Published June 26. 2013 05:03PM

A Carbon County man admitted to drug dealing charges on Tuesday in the county court and is facing a certain prison at the time of sentencing.

William M. Graver Jr., 45, of Lehighton, pleaded guilty before Judge Joseph J. Matika to three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. The substances are methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.

Graver was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office and local police following a search of his home conducted on Oct. 10, 2012.

Found in the house was 10.2 grams of meth, 9.2 grams of cocaine, and 306.8 grams of marijuana. Also found in the home were scales and hundreds of baggies commonly used to package drugs for sale.

Matika told Graver under state sentencing guidelines he faces prison terms on two of the three counts while the third, involving the marijuana, the range runs from probation to jail time.

He also told Graver the terms could run consecutive to each other or concurrent. That decision is up to Matika.

In a plea bargain the district attorney's office has agreed not to seek the mandatory sentencing provisions involved in the meth and cocaine counts. If they were imposed Graver could face a minimum term of 48 months in a state prison.

Matika deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report.

It was also noted that Graver is facing a driving under the influence (DUI) charge. His attorney, Evan T.L. Hughes, said his client plans to enter a guilty plea to that charge.

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