Man who swallowed drugs when arrested is sentenced
A Carbon County man, who swallowed a large quantity of drugs when state police were attempting to arrest him, pleaded guilty to drug charges Thursday in the county court and was sentenced to a state prison term.
He was one of six defendants charged with drug related counts who entered a plea before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Anthony Joseph Formisano, 43, of Franklin Township, was arrested on Aug. 29, 2013, at 20 Court St., when state troopers went to the home for a report of an unwanted person.
Formisano swallowed a large amount of cocaine to hide the drug from police when they arrived.
Police seized a large amount of heroin, prescription drugs, and a large amount of cash.
Formisano had to be taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, because of swallowing the narcotic.
Yesterday he pleaded in two pending cases. He pleaded to one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-cocaine, and possession for the Feb. 7, 2012, incident.
He also pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver for an incident on July 5, 2013, along Drakes Creek Road in Penn Forest Township. Troopers made a vehicle stop of Formisano and found him in possession of nine packets of heroin.
On the first count of possession with intent Serfass sentenced Formisano to serve 12 to 36 months in a state prison with credit for 58 days. On the possession count he was sentenced to serve 12 to 24 months and on the second charge of possession with intent, 24 to 48 months, with all terms running concurrently. His total sentence is 36 to 72 months.
He was also ordered to render a total of 250 hours of community service when released on parole. get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample.
Sold to informant
Heather Anne Furry, 32, of Easton, pleaded to one count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-oxycodone.
She was arrested by agents of the state Attorney General's office after she sold the drug to a confidential informant (CI) on May 7, 2013, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Mahoning Township.
Serfass sentenced her to serve one day less 12 to one day less 24 months in the county prison. She was also ordered to get a D&A evaluation, render 100 hours of community service when released on parole, zero tolerance on D&A use, and supply a DNA sample.
Other defendants who pleaded to drug-related charges included:
Hans H. Kuhn, 36, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded in two pending cases.
He pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-cocaine, for an incident on Sept. 24 2011, at the Molly Maguire's Pub in Jim Thorpe, where he was found using cocaine in a bathroom area. The owner of the pub caught Kuhn. When he was confronted he pushed the owner and fled the building. He was later apprehended.
He pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on Oct. 16, 2013, at the office of District Judge Edward Lewis, 340 Center Ave., Jim Thorpe. He was at the office for the first arrest when police found drugs on him.
Serfass place him on probation for a year on each count with the terms running consecutively. He was also ordered to render a total of 100 hours of community service and get a D&A evaluation.
He also pleaded to a summary charge of harassment stemming from the incident with the pub owner, and was fined $300.
Samantha Gulla, 28, of Summit Hill, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-oxycodone. She was arrested on May 22, 2013, by Lehighton police at the First National Pharmacy for attempting to have a forged prescription filled.
She was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation and render 50 hours of community service.
Joshua Skelton, 32, of Albrightsville, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia for an incident on Feb. 20, 2013, following a vehicle stop along SR903 in Penn Forest Township by state police at Fern Ridge. In a related matter to the stop, Skelton pleaded to a count of driving an unregistered vehicle, a summary offense.
On the drug count he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation and render 25 hours of community service. On the summary charge he as fined $75 and costs.
Tyler Lee Hackman, 23, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of possession of a controlled substance-marijuana. He was arrested on Aug. 21, 2013, at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Fourth St., Palmerton.
Borough police responded to the area to a report of drug activity when they found Hackman.
He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation.
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.