Boyertown man sentenced for two heroin-related incidents in Montco

A Berks County man faces court supervision for two heroin-related incidents, including one during which he was found possessing the drug after a fender bender on the Schuylkill Expressway in Lower Merion.

Matthew Jordan Schmidt, 22, of the 300 block of South Reading Avenue, Boyertown, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to nine days already served to 12 months in the county jail and one year of probation in connection with two drug-related incidents that occurred in Upper Merion and Lower Merion between October 2011 and December 2012.

Schmidt, formerly of the 900 block of Warren Street in Pottstown and the 100 block of Barto Road in Barto, pleaded guilty to charges of possessing heroin and the sentence was imposed by Judge William R. Carpenter, who accepted a plea agreement in the matter.

An investigation of Schmidt began about 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011, when state police at Philadelphia responded to a two-vehicle, non-reportable crash on westbound Route 76 in Lower Merion. Schmidt, authorities alleged, rear-ended another vehicle, causing a minor crash.

Schmidt “appeared extremely nervous” when asked about his role in the crash and was shaking uncontrollably, state police Trooper Michael Clarke alleged in the arrest affidavit.

“Schmidt related that he was nervous because of the crash,” Clarke said.

However, when police asked Schmidt if he had anything illegal in his vehicle he admitted to having narcotics on his person. Schmidt surrendered a used hypodermic needle, 20 small bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana and five methadone pills to police, court documents alleged.

A second investigation of Schmidt occurred on Dec. 15, 2012, when Upper Merion police responded to the King of Prussia Plaza parking lot about 1:20 p.m. to investigate a report of a male in a vehicle “possibly injecting himself with heroin,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Police observed an exposed needle and an empty bottle cap on the driver’s seat of Schmidt’s vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit. Police alleged such items “are used to inject heroin.”

According to the criminal complaint filed by Upper Merion Police Officer Patrick Krouse, authorities also found seven individual packets of suspected heroin each stamped with a skull and crossbones logo and labeled “Pay to Die,” according to the arrest affidavit. Through training and experience, police said, they know “that this packaging is consistent with how heroin is packaged.”

Other charges of possessing drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, speeding and driving while under suspension were dismissed against Schmidt as part of the plea agreement.

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