Defendants in drug cases enter pleas
Several defendants facing drug related charges entered guilty pleas in Carbon County Court on Monday.
Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following:
Anthony M. Capriglione, 24, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of delivery of a controlled substance-heroin.
He was arrested on Dec. 8, 2012, when Jim Thorpe police received a report of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Leffler's Service station along Front St. Police found a vehicle in the lot with Capriglione as the driver.
Through an investigation police learned that Capriglione had made a drug sale. Found in the vehicle was four packets of heroin.
Capriglione also pleaded to one count each of criminal trespass and theft for an incident on July 3, 2012, at 140 Patten Circle, in Penn Forest Township. State police at Lehighton responded to the residence for a suspicious vehicle in the driveway. The vehicle was gone before troopers arrived but one matching a description given by a witness was stopped a short distance from the scene and Capriglione was the driver,
A consent search was made of the vehicle and found was copper pipes and other household items taken from the Pattern Circle home.
Serfass deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office prepare a presentence investigation.
Nelson Soler Jr., 21, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.
He was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after a search warrant was served at a residence along S. Second St., in Lehighton. Before the search a controlled buy was made by agents with Soler. Found in the home was 54 bags of heroin.
Serfass deferred sentencing and ordered a PSI.
Jessica Jo Davis, 19, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-heroin.
She was arrested on Aug. 21 when agents of the AG office served a search warrant at her residence in the Gypsy Hill Garden Apartments in Lehighton. Found was heroin and marijuana.
Serfass placed her on probation for 36 months and ordered her to get a drug and alcohol evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, supply a DNA sample, and render 150 hours of community service.
Randy Lee Edgar, 31, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on June 30 by Lehighton police along N. First St.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a D&A evaluation and render 50 hours of community service.
John David Keyser, 38, of Pottstown, and formerly of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on July 12 by state police at Fern Ridge at 7 Fox Hill Rd., in Penn Forest Townshp. Troopers responded to a report of a domestic incident with a handgun involved. On scene troopers found Keyser was involved in a family dispute. While taking him into custody drug paraphernalia was found.
Serfass sentenced him to time served (41 days in the county prison) to one day less 12 months and ordered he get a D&A evaluation and render 50 hours of community service.
Keyser is currently serving a six to 23 month prison term in Montgomery County on unrelated charges.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average about $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.