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State College Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges

by on June 03, 2014 3:45 PM

A State College man pleads guilty to drug charges after an incident connected to a friend's death.

Police were called to a home on Douglas Drive on October 22, 2013 after getting a report about two unresponsive men.

Prosecutors say Erik Speight, 44, and a friend had reportedly been drinking and doing drugs.

Speight's friend had a white substance on his nose and mouth and was declared dead at the scene. The prosecutor's office declined to reveal the friend's name saying his death was unrelated to the charges against Speight.

Speight was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to prosecutors, Police confiscated several packets of heroin, some marijuana, digital scales and a stolen revolver.

Speight has prior convictions including one for selling marijuana. He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver and one count of persons not to possess a firearm. He will be sentenced July 7.

In a prepared statement, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says, "Speight graduated from selling marijuana to selling heroin in our community. Combined with a firearm and the death of his friend in the home from using, it is easy to see why no one should discount the dangers of dealing drugs ..."

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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