Pike County Court sentence of 15-30 years for 230 bags of fentanyl

Paul J. Wassel, Jr., age 53. of Taylor, PA, was caught with 230 bags of fentanyl in his car’s engine compartment. Fentanyl is the cause of many fatal drug overdoses.

| 08 Jun 2022 | 08:12

Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin announced Paul J. Wassel, Jr., age 53. of Taylor, PA, was sentenced to 15 years to 30 years in a state correctional facility and a fine of $1,800.00. Wassel was convicted by a jury of the crimes of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Criminal Conspiracy and related misdemeanor charges following a trial in March in the Pike County Court of Common Pleas.

Following an investigation conducted by the Pike County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, the vice unit of the Pennsylvania State Police and the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office, Wassel was intercepted on June 25th on his return trip from Patterson, NJ. A search warrant was obtained and a search of Wassel’s rental car revealed 2,300 bags of Fentanyl in the engine compartment of the car and $600.00 in cash.