Two drug dealers get jail time
Two drug dealers were sentenced to prison terms on Monday in Carbon County court.
The two previously enetered guilty pleas to the drug counts and were sentenced by Judge Joseph J. Matika.
Sold for money
William M. Graver Jr., 45, of Palmerton, was sentenced to serve a total of 10 to one day less 24 months in the county prison on three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. Graver admitted selling methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana.
Graver was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office and the county drug task force. After a controlled buy was made authorities obtained a search warrant for Graver's home on Oct. 10, 2012. Found in the home 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.
Graver received a break from the district attorney's office for his cooperation after his arrest. In a plea bargain the DA agreed not to seek the mandatory sentencing provisions involved in the meth and cocaine counts. If they were imposed Graver could have faced a minimum of 48 months in a state prison.
Graver told Matika he got into the drug selling business after he lost his employment. He said he used the money to pay child support and other bills.
Graver said, "I just want to say I'm sorry to everyone, my family and friends." He added, "I never throught I get into something like this. I'm sorry, I knew it was wrong."
Graver had the support of family and friends in the courtroom, totaling about 15 to 20 people, some of whom set letters to Matika asking to court to leniency.
Matika said sometimes good people do bad things, and added from what he read in the letters he received Graver appears to fit that mold.
Matika added, however, that Graver sold the drugs and didn't know where they would end up, perhaps in the hands of children and young teens. He said, "There is a price to pay for what you did."
The jail term will be followed by three years of probation. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, supply a DNA sample, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 100 hours of community service when released on parole.
Prior to the start of the sentencing on the drug counts Graver entered a guilty plea to driving under the influence (DUI) of a controlled substance. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton on Feb. 12 along SR248 in Franklin Township. A test revealed the presence of meth in his system.
On the DUI count he was sentenced to serve 90 days two years in jail, a fine of $1,500, and license suspended for 18 months. The jail term runs concurrent with the drug sentence.
He began the jail term immediately.
Holly Ann Eckhart, 47, of Pamerton, was sentenced to serve nine to one day less 24 months in the county prison on a count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-crystal methamphetamine.
She was arrested by state police on March 30, 2011, following a search of her residence in Lower Towamensing Township. Troopers found crystal meth and marijuana in the home.
Eckhart told Matika she was a meth user because it gave her energy to work two jobs to provide for her child. She said she only sold to a limited amount of friends.
She told Matika, "I'm just sorry it ever happened." Matika asked her how long she was a drug user, she replied, "On and off for five years."
In addition to the jail term she was ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and render 100 hours of community work when released on parole.
She will begin the jail term at noon on Oct. 26 and was granted work release privileges.
Each defendant must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.