PA man sentenced to state prison for selling drugs

A man from Philadelphia has been sentenced to 2 1/2 to seven years in jail after he pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine. He agreed to a plea bargain, so several lesser charges, including possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, were dismissed. The events that led to his charges and conviction took place in June 2012 on Welsh Road in Hatfield Township.

According to a criminal complaint, undercover members of the state police narcotics unit arranged to meet the 38-year-old man on June 13, 2012, in a parking lot. Police stated that they arrived at around 3:25 p.m., and the man was waiting for them in a Ford F-150 pickup. The man was taken into custody, and law enforcement discovered bags of what appeared to be cocaine in the center console and bags of what policed believed to be heroin. They also reportedly discovered with $1,340 in cash.

After the vehicle was seized, it was transported to state police barracks and searched after a warrant was obtained. The criminal complaint stated that tests indicated the police were correct; the bags containing what appeared to be cocaine tested positive for the drug, and tests run on the bags that supposedly held heroin indicated the presence of opiates.

Even if someone is convicted of a drug charge, a plea agreement, such as the one in this case, can reduce someone's charges or eliminate lesser ones. By having the lesser charges dismissed, the man is likely to have received a shorter jail time as part of his sentencing.

Source: The Mercury News, "Philly man jailed for illegal drug activity in Hatfield", Carl Hessler Jr. , November 14, 2013

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