Dispositions in Pike County Court

Milford. Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced the criminal sentences issued on Dec. 10 by Pike County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Gregory Chelak.

22 Dec 2020 | 12:00

David Lee King, 44, of Matamoras, Pa., was sentenced to 9 years to 18 years in a state correctional facility and fined $1,500 for the crimes of Possession With Intent to Manufacture or Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and two counts of Delivery of a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance. On Aug. 20, 2019, King sold Heroin, Fentanyl and Acetyl Fentanyl to a confidential informant at a residence in Delaware Township. On November 19, 2019, King sold heroin and fentanyl to a confidential informant at a residence in Matamoras Borough. On Feb. 28, 2020, King sold fentanyl to a confidential informant in Matamoras Borough.

Yuriy Smirnov, 58, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was sentenced to 18 months to 36 months in a state correctional facility and fined $10,000 for the crimes of Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled or Counterfeit Substance and Criminal Conspiracy. Following a drug investigation by the state police, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Lehman Township on Oct. 28, 2019, where Smirnov was found conducting a large-scale psilocybin mushroom operation. Large amounts of mushrooms in various stages of process were found together with shipping materials, scales, printers, labels, U.S. currency, and multiple cell phones and computers.

Cristos Banas, 53, of Bushkill, Pa., was sentenced to 6 months to 12 months in the Pike County Jail followed by one year of probation and fined $1,000 for two counts of the crime of Terroristic Threats. During a domestic dispute on Aug. 10, 2020, at a residence in Lehman Township, Banas threatened violence to an individual and a juvenile who was present during the situation.

James R. Aleman, 32, of Port Jervis, N.Y., was sentenced to a fine of $400 for the crime of Disorderly Conduct. Eastern Pike Regional Police were dispatched to Delaware Drive in Matamoras on Sept. 22, 2019, where Aleman was acting in an intoxicated and disorderly manner.

Beyonce Letanya Holder, 21, of Florida, N.Y., was sentenced to a fine of $425 for the crime of Possession of a Small Amount of Marijuana and the Summary Offense of General Lighting Requirements. Holder was stopped by the state police for traveling along I-84 in Dingman Township on Nov. 29, 2019, with a light out. When approaching Holder’s vehicle, the trooper detected the smell of marijuana and observed Holder to have bloodshot, glossy eyes and sluggish movements. A consent to search the vehicle revealed marijuana. Holder agreed to a blood test that confirmed the presence of THC in her blood.

Aaron Douglas Rusby, 29, of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., was sentenced to a fine of $335 for the Summary Offenses of Maximum Speed Limits and Careless Driving. The state police stopped Rusby after observing him driving at a high rate of speed and erratically on April 19, 2020, along Silver Lake Road in Delaware Township