Greene County man sentenced in separate cases

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WAYNESBURG – A Franklin Township man who pleaded guilty in March to drug and forgery charges in separate incidents was sentenced Friday in Greene County Court.


Judge Farley Toothman sentenced Christopher Patrick Bland, 29, of 106 W. Greene St., Apt. C., Waynesburg, to 5 years in the Greene County Intermediate Punishment Program. Bland will serve four months in jail followed by eight months under house arrest and 48 months of probation.


On March 5 Bland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture, deliver or possess drugs with intent to manufacture or deliver; two counts of manufacturing, delivering or possessing drugs with intent to manufacture or deliver; and possession of a controlled substance.


Bland was arrested Nov. 19, 2010, after selling heroin to an undercover police officer in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant on Sugar Run Road in Waynesburg. The purchase was set up through a confidential informant who told police Bland routinely sold heroin in the Waynesburg area. The informant called Bland who said he could sell them raw heroin.


Police said Bland introduced himself in the back parking lot of the McDonalds and then went to the front of the lot to get the heroin from an unnamed white female. Bland told the officer the cost would be $150 because it was over a gram of heroin. It later tested to be 0.11 grams.


In an unrelated case, Bland pleaded no contest March 5 to stealing three checks from Jacqueline Metcalf of Waynesburg, forging his name on them and attempting to deposit a total of $1,600 into his bank account. Bland was caught on surveillance footage attempting to deposit the money at a bank ATM in Pittsburgh March 28, 2012.


He was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines plus fees and court costs and to perform 300 hours of community service. Bland was given credit for 45 days incarceration, plus 44 days served in an inpatient drug treatment facility. As a stipulation of parole, the court must approve the address he will be released to.


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