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Lansford man admits selling fake heroin

Published August 04. 2014 12:28PM

A Carbon County man pleaded guilty in the county court Friday to the illegal sale of counterfeit controlled substance.

Kyle Nalesnik, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to the charge before President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II. Nalesnik was scheduled to go on trial this week on that and other drug counts. The other counts were dropped in a plea agreement.

Nalesnik was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office on June 26, 2013, after he sold what was supposed to be heroin to a confidential informant.

The substance given the CI field tested positive for heroin. However, after it was taken to a state police crime lab for analysis, it was determined that it was not heroin.

Nalesnik told Nanovic the substance he gave the CI as heroin was actually pie crust, something Nanovic had a hard time believing. Nanovic wondered how pie crust could field test positive for heroin.

Nanovic noted that Nalesnik has a prior record score that will impact on the state sentencing guidelines for the drug count when it comes time for sentencing.

Nanovic deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation report.

Harassing call

Joshua Beury, 33, of Nesquehoning pleaded guilty to one count of harassment as a misdemeanor three.

He was charged by borough police with calling Nathaniel Staehle of Nesquehoning and using numerous obscenities in the call. The call occurred on Nov. 20, 2013.

Defense Attorney Robert Yurchak noted that the incident stemmed from a prior situation and that Beury cooperated fully with police when confronted. He said no alcohol or drugs were involved in theincident.

Nanovic placed him on probation for a year and ordered him to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, pay court costs, which average about $1,000, pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation, and have no contact with Staehle.

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