The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 20, 2013

Sunbury woman gets 9-23 months in cocaine sales

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — A Sunbury woman will report to the Northumberland County Prison on June 3 for a nine- to 23-month stint for her part in a cocaine ring that police said saw her earning $900 a week from sales.

Stephanie Olin, 30, pleaded guilty to having more than 35 grams of cocaine in her possession during a Northumberland-Montour Drug Task Force raid in May 2011.

She appeared Monday before county President Judge Robert Sacavage, and after debate on whether or not Olin would be handled through drug treatment court instead of getting jail time, Sacavage delivered the sentence.

In 2011, task force members converged on Olin’s home and sat at the kitchen table, where Olin admitted to selling cocaine for several months.

Olin was selling the drugs to Keith Krieger, 33, of Northumberland, according to court documents. Krieger also was arrested as part of the 17-month investigation that lead police to Robert Reichner, of Northumberland. Reichner was traveling to Baltimore to purchase cocaine to distribute throughout the Valley, police said.

Olin showed police where she stashed more than $1,000 and several hundred baggies of cocaine, police said.

Olin’s attorney, John McLaughlin, of Danville, asked Sacavage to go easy on Olin because she was “romanced.”

“My client was introduced to cocaine and then began selling cocaine,” he said. “This case bothers me a lot.”

Sacavage listened as Assistant District Attorney Michael Toomey said the mandatory sentence in the case could be 12 to 24 months in a state prison, but he agreed to the lower range of sentencing because Olin has stayed clear of trouble since her arrest.