Drug plot yields prison term
Kyler pleads guilty to possession, criminal conspiracy
CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield man will spend up to 14 years in state prison for dealing drugs and once incarcerated, trying to sneak drugs into the Clearfield County Jail.
In February, police pulled over a vehicle driven by Eric James Kyler, 42, after it left the residence of Vincent Panebianco in Clearfield, where police suspected drugs were being sold.
Kyler had over $19,000 in a locked box, and in his vehicle they found packaging materials, phones and small amounts of methamphetamine and marijuana. On his person, police found an additional $2,628.
As police questioned him, he received several phone calls from Akron, Ohio, reportedly a known source of methamphetamine for the area.
An investigation by agents of the state Attorney General’s Office concluded that the funds were intended to purchase additional methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.
A search warrant served on the Panebianco residence led to arrests of Mallory Nicole Bloom, 27, Curwensville; Panebianco, 29; Darrell Taylor, 30; and Marcus Waltmon, 41; who was in the vehicle with Kyler.
On Tuesday in Clearfield County Court, Kyler pleaded guilty to felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and criminal conspiracy. He was sentenced by President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman to 42 months to 10 years in state prison for this case.
Bloom also pleaded guilty Tuesday and was sentenced to 11.5 to 23.5 months in the county jail with three years’ consecutive probation.
Panebianco, Taylor and Waltmon are scheduled for trial at the end of the month.
While incarcerated, Kyler called his wife, Jessica Kyler, and arranged for her to deliver drugs to the jail through a hole in the wall near a window in a multi-purpose room that was being used to house several inmates because of space issues.
The inmates allegedly broke a cot and used a piece of the metal to dig the hole in the mortar to the outside.
Because the jail’s calls are all recorded, investigators discovered conversations between Eric and Jessica Kyler that outlined the contraband plot.
Jessica Kyler allegedly tried to get something through the hole from outside the jail wall at one point without success, leaving behind a glove and a coat hanger.
In one of their calls, Eric Kyler tells her “thank you, we did make that happen,” according to the criminal complaint.
Eric Kyler was given an additional two to four years in state prison for possession of a controlled substance-contraband, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of communication facility in the second case. His total sentence is 66 months to 14 years.
Jessica Kyler has also signed a plea agreement and is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 22.
Two other inmates, Justin Allen Jordan, 34, and Mason Miles, 26, are also charged in the case, as well as Chad Schwartz, 47, who allegedly drove Jessica Kyler to the jail and was mentioned in the couple’s phone calls.