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Carbon County court

Published January 21. 2019 11:43AM

A Carbon County woman was placed in a special state correctional institution program on Friday on six criminal counts she previously pleaded guilty.

Jessica J. Davis, 24, of Palmerton, appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass on charges of two counts each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, also possession of a controlled substance and DUI of a controlled substance.

Serfass placed her in the state intermediate punishment program. Davis, currently an inmate in the state prison at Muncy, Lycoming County, was evaluated for the program and approved by the department of corrections.

Serfass placed her for two years on each count, running concurrently. The program includes about seven months in prison, followed by an extended period of time in a intensive inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program, followed by a period of time in a halfway house. If she fails to complete the program she will be brought back before Serfass for resentencing.

She was arrested on one intent to deliver charge on June 20, 2017, by Lehighton police following a vehicle stop along North Street. Methamphetamine was found. The second intent to deliver arrest occurred on Nov. 1, 2016, at the Mahoning Inn, where Lehighton police responded to a report of two people who had overdosed in one of the rooms. Davis was one of the overdose victims.

The other drug charges occurred on June 12, Nov. 1 and Oct. 21, 2017, and March 4, 2018. The DUI occurred at the North Street vehicle stop arrest.

Attorney Matthew J. Mottola, of the public defender’s office, said Davis has a very serious drug addiction problem. She is addicted to methamphetamine and heroin, he said. He said she did 90 days in a inpatient program and was clean for a period of time before relapsing. He said the hope is that the state program will help her beat the addiction.

Serfass also ordered her to supply a DNA sample, pay a $1,000 fine, have a one-year license suspension on the DUI charge and pay court costs of about $1,000.

She was given credit for 92 days spent in prison on the charges.

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