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Lehighton woman given state prison term on drug charges

A Lehighton woman was sentenced to a state prison term on Tuesday afternoon after previously pleading guilty in six pending criminal cases.

Carol L. Natale, 46, of Lehighton, was sentenced by President Judge Roger N. Nanovic II to serve a total of one to two years in a state correctional institution on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.

She was charged with incidents that occurred starting in July 2015, then other incidents in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Natale was previously placed in the county’s Drug Treatment Program but was terminated from it for failure to follow all the conditions.

She told Nanovic that entering the program turned out to be a negative for her because she met other drug addicts and got back into drug use. She said she has gone through drug inpatient programs and has been addicted to drugs for more than 10 years.

She said, “I’m not a bad person. I’m just an addict.” She said when she is transferred to the state system she plans to apply for placement in the state drug treatment program.

Also speaking was her oldest son who said his mother was a good person and mother but that drug addiction took over her life.

Nanovic also ordered Natale to get both drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and follow any recommendations for treatment, supply a DNA sample and pay court costs of about $1,000.

She was given credit for 372 days already served plus additional time from Dec. 12, 2019, to Tuesday.