Pa. man pleads guilty to heroin charge

August 06, 1998|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg man arrested in June with almost 50 packets of heroin pleaded guilty Wednesday in Franklin County Court to possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Dylan Weagly, 18, of 451 Paul Ave., is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 9, according to the Franklin County District Attorney's Office.

Assistant District Attorney Jill McCracken said a conviction on the charge would carry a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

District Attorney John F. Nelson said Weagly was scheduled for mandatory arraignment on Sept. 2, but his office was able to reach a plea agreement with Weagly's attorney, Todd A. Dorsett.


"The plea agreement is that the district attorney will not oppose our request at the time of sentencing that he be sentenced to the Teen Challenge program," Dorsett said.

Teen Challenge is a one-year, in-patient rehabilitation program with centers around the country, he said.

A marijuana possession charge was dropped in exchange for the agreement, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Weagly was arrested on June 24 at the Guilford Township, Pa., home of his girlfriend when the house was searched by Pennsylvania State Police. Police found 47 packets of heroin and 67 packets with heroin residue, along with a bag of marijuana and $1,048 in cash.

At the time of Weagly's arrest, Nelson said the single-dose packets were worth about $20 apiece. Some of the packets had "Money Talks" stamped on them, according to police records.

McCracken said Weagly claimed he used the heroin in the empty packets, "but didn't deny he was going to sell the others."

On the same night Weagly was arrested, two other men were charged with heroin-related offenses, according to police records.

Jason M. Sellers, 23, of Guilford Township, was charged with delivery of heroin and possession of the drug, police said.

Keith M. Robinson, 21, of Chambersburg, was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Police arrested Weagly at Sellers' home, court records said.

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