A 39-year-old Nicholson man faces at least 36 years in state prison after pleading guilty to a pair of substantial drug cases as well as associated offenses.
Jeffrey Allen Owen, of Glenwood Switch Road, appeared before Wyoming County President Judge Russell Shurtleff Friday morning and admitted his involvement in drug dealing between October 2018 and April 2019.
According to court records, Owen sold .26 grams of methamphetamines from a vehicle parked at Burger King in Eaton Township on the afternoon of Oct. 25, 2018, to a confidential informant.
Additional purchases from numerous Owen clients also led the Wyoming County District Attorney’s office to execute a search warrant last Feb. 7 where it believed Owen had taken up temporary residence on Church Road in Eaton Township.
A police complaint filed by county detective David Ide said authorities discovered large quantities of crystal meth, heroin and marijuana in his bedroom along with $1,000 in cash, which included $190 of pre-recorded serialized money used in a drug buy from the previous day.
Last Feb. 20, authorities attempted to serve a bench warrant on Owen after discovering his vehicle on Bridge Street in Tunkhannock Borough.
Court records say that after seeing a marked vehicle with lights executed, Owen crossed a lane of traffic and then passed 5-10 cars at a high rate of speed.
Police eventually encountered him in the parking lot of the Eatonville United Methodist Church where he fled his vehicle and took officers on a foot chase after throwing something in the creek. On this matter, Owen pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment.
Owen also pleaded guilty to a simple assault charge after attempting to attack Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith Jr. on April 8 during a court hearing in which he also resisted an arrest by a sheriff’s deputy and probation officer, and was not subdued until after a Tunkhannock Borough police officer intervened.
He has been lodged in the Lackawanna County Prison since June 4, 2019.
To minimize his trips to Wyoming County, Judge Shurtleff asked Owen if he minded that his sentencing hearing be expedited to Jan. 9.
Owen said that would be fine by him.
Others entering guilty pleas before President Judge Shurtleff Friday morning in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas:
*Scott Barber, 40, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit criminal trespass on Sept. 12, 2019.
*David Jean Daniels, 49, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on June 7, 2019.
*Jeffrey Scott Deluca, 49, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on March 10, 2018.
*Melissa Dorothea Gray, 31, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on June 15, 2019.
*Ryan Mitchell Harvey, 34, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on Sept. 15, 2019.
*Justin Michael Jagodzinski, 30, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on June 14, 2019.
*Daniel Charles Lanzetta, 45, of Coopersburg, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on July 4, 2019.
*Charles Julian Marchise, 28, of Bear Creek, pleaded guilty to DUI, third offense, on Apr. 24, 2019; and to simple assault on Nov. 8, 2019. He was immediately sentenced to 12-84 months in state prison and a $2,500 fine for the DUI; and to 9-24 months in state prison and a $500 fine for the assault, with sentences to be served consecutively.
*Corey Michael Patchoski, 19, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on May 18, 2019.
*Thomas Hiram Stevens, 31, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to DUI on Aug. 1, 2019.
*Michael William Tkacs, 39, of Yardville, N.J., pleaded guilty to DUI with a minor in the vehicle, on July 20, 2019.
*Patrice Anne Wasp, 39, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on Sept. 7, 2018.
*Gena Marie Weaver, 35, of Dalton, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Feb. 5, 2019.
*Cody Lee Wolbers, 22, of Factoryville, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance with a minor in vehicle on June 16, 2018.