By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — A Northumberland drug dealer received 2 1/2 years to five years in prison when he appeared in Northumberland County Court on Monday after pleading guilty to his role in a 2010-2011 drug ring in Sunbury.
Robert Reichner, who in August 2011 became a prime suspect after a 17-month drug investigation that started in Point Township, smiled as he was read the sentence handed down from Northumberland County Judge William Wiest.
Reichner has spend 2 1/2 years in prison already and is now eligible for parole, Reichner’s attorney Brian Ulmer, of Lewisburg, said.
Reichner was a key witness for the state when prosecuting several other individuals who were connected in the cocaine ring, one of which was former Sunbury police officer Chris Chilcote, who drove Reichner out of state to pick up the drugs.
During the investigation, Reichner, who became a police informant, was traveling to Baltimore to purchase cocaine to distribute throughout the Valley.
Chilcote’s girlfriend, Jamie VonBlohn, of Danville, the sister of Reichner, was also arrested in connection with the drug ring.
Reichner, took to the witness stand earlier this year and told a jury Chilcote was present during several buys and that he paid his sister’s boyfriend to drive him to Maryland as well as to give him inside information on whether police were investigating him.
As much as $6,000 of cocaine was purchased on the trips to Maryland and brought back, cut down and sold throughout Northumberland County.
Chilcote who, during his trial, changed his plea, pleaded no contest to felony criminal conspiracy — directly after Reichner testified — and received six months of house arrest and four years of probation.
Reichner also identified several people who sold cocaine for him, as well as other narcotics dealers in the Valley who dealt cocaine and crack cocaine. Others involved with Reichner have been arrested, most for cocaine possession and intent to distribute, but have reached agreements and closed their individual cases.