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Carbon County court

Two men who previously entered guilty pleas were sentenced Tuesday in Carbon County court.

One was sentenced to a jail term on a drug count while the other received probation for an obstruction charge.

Judge Joseph J. Matika presided.

Traffic stop

Jereese Jerome Brown, 33, of Philadelphia, was sentenced to serve six to 18 months in the county prison on a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

He was arrested following a traffic stop along Interstate 80 in Kidder Township by state police at Fern Ridge. There were 15 continuances in the case. In exchange for the plea the district attorney’s office dropped a felony count of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

Brown is currently an inmate in the county prison on the charges. It was also noted he is on probation in Philadelphia county on other criminal charges.

Matika also ordered him to get a drug and alcohol evaluation, render 50 hours of community service when paroled and is eligible for the work release program within the prison. He was given credit for 60 days already served.

Matika ruled the sentence would run concurrent with Philadelphia’s term.

Fails to register

George Francis Fagan, 50, of Nesquehoning, was placed on probation for 18 months on a charge of obstruction in the administration of law. A charge of failure to register under the provisions of Megan’s Law as a sexual offender, a felony 3, was dropped in a plea deal with the district attorney’s office.

He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for not reporting the purchase of two vehicles, which is one of the requirements of the law.

Fagan claimed he knew about the vehicle registration requirement but thought he could do it when he registers as a sex offender under the provisions of the law. His sexual offense conviction was in Tennessee.

He was also ordered to render 50 hours of community service.

Both defendants must also pay court costs of over $1,000 and a $50 per month supervision fee while on parole or probation.