Pro­ba­tion for LSD sale

Tyler Harmelink, 26, had ad­ver­tised the drug for sale on Craigslist, au­thor­i­ties said

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - DAILY LOCAL NEWS - By Michael Gold­berg mgold­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mg_there­porter on Twit­ter

A 26-yearold Col­mar man ar­rested in De­cem­ber af­ter po­lice said he sold LSD to an un­der­cover Lans­dale de­tec­tive af­ter he ad­ver­tised the hal­lu­cino­genic drug for sale on Craigslist has been sen­tenced to pro­ba­tion af­ter plead­ing guilty to a mis­de­meanor charge.

Tyler John Harmelink, of the 2500 block of Trewig­town Road, ap­peared be­fore Mont­gomery County Judge Steven O’Neill and pleaded guilty to re­ceipt in com­merce of a con­trolled sub­stance and was sen­tenced to three years of pro­ba­tion, ac­cord­ing to court records.

A de­tec­tive with the Lans­dale po­lice Street Crimes Unit and the Mont­gomery County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice Drug Task Force al­leged in court doc­u­ments that on Dec. 1, 2015, he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that some­one had cre­ated a Craigslist post that read, “Lucy any­one? (Lans­dale) lucy in the sky with di­a­monds...e-mail me and we’ll go from there.”

The de­tec­tive said that based on his ex­pe­ri­ence as a drug in­ves­ti­ga­tor, he knew that the term “Lucy in the Sky With Di­a­monds” is com­monly used as a ref­er­ence to LSD and he replied to the ad­ver­tise­ment, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit of prob­a­ble cause.

On Dec. 15, the de­tec­tive re­ceived a text mes­sage that said, “Hey, I’m the guy from Craigslist with the Lucy...are you still in­ter­ested,” and dur­ing sub­se­quent texts, the sus­pect — who through in­ves­ti­ga­tion was iden­ti­fied as Harmelink, po­lice said — agreed to meet for the pur­poses of an LSD trans­ac­tion, court doc­u­ments state.

Later that af­ter­noon,

Harmelink drove to the buy lo­ca­tion in the bor­ough, got into an un­der­cover Lans­dale de­tec­tive’s ve­hi­cle and sold the cop seven tabs of sus­pected LSD for $90, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Af­ter get­ting out of the ve­hi­cle, Harmelink was taken into cus­tody by Lans­dale and Up­per Gwynedd po­lice de­tec­tives.

Harmelink had faced felony pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute a con­trolled sub­stance and felony crim­i­nal use of a com­mu­ni­ca­tion fa­cil­ity, as well as mis­de­meanor counts of pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and pos­ses­sion of drug para­pher­na­lia, but as part of his plea agree­ment, pros­e­cu­tors dropped the lat­ter three charges and re­placed the felony pos­ses­sion with in­tent to dis­trib­ute charge with the re­ceipt in com­merce charge, records show.

In ad­di­tion to pro­ba­tion he was as­sessed more than $2,500 in court costs and fees.

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