NORRISTOWN — An Upper Merion man was sent to state prison on charges he distributed methamphetamine from his residence and then, while on bail awaiting court action on those charges, was found with the same drug in Lansdale.
Thomas R. McGoldrick, 54, of the 300 block of Ross Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to a total of 5-to-10-years in a state correctional facility on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in connection with multiple incidents that occurred between August 2017 and July 2018.
“He was arrested, got caught dealing drugs and he turned around and did it again,” Judge Thomas C. Branca said as he imposed the punishment against McGoldrick.
The judge said McGoldrick is eligible for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive program, a sentencing tool to help drug addicted offenders kick the habits that lead them to commit crimes.
The program, commonly referred to as “Triple R-I,” allows eligible non-violent offenders to receive reductions of their minimum prison terms if they successfully complete all required treatment and maintain good-conduct records in prison. Prisoners can be released upon completing the program only if officials are satisfied that the offenders pose no risks to public safety.
If he successfully completes the program, McGoldrick can be released from prison after serving 50 months of his minimum sentence.
Prosecutors Gabrielle Hughes and Lindsey Mills argued for a lengthy prison term against McGoldrick.
An #UpperMerion man was sent to state prison on charges he distributed #methamphetamine from his residence and then, while on bail awaiting court action on those charges, was found with the same drug in #Lansdale.I'll have that story shortly— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) November 25, 2019
“He’s someone continuing to engage in criminal activity with no regard for the authority of the court while out on bail,” Hughes said.
“These are not small quantities that we’re talking about,” Mills argued. “I’m not disputing that this man is a user, but he’s also a dealer.”
Branca, during a non-jury trial in July, convicted McGoldrick of charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the August 2017 incidents.
McGoldrick subsequently pleaded guilty to another charge of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in connection with the July 2018 incident in Lansdale.
With the charges, county detectives alleged McGoldrick sold methamphetamine to a person at his home on two occasions in August 2017, unbeknownst to McGoldrick that the person was a confidential informant who was under surveillance by detectives.
Detectives alleged McGoldrick weighed an amount of methamphetamine, placed it in a bag and handed it to the informant in exchange for cash. The substances purchased by the informant were tested by authorities and determined to be methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.
Detectives subsequently obtained a warrant to search McGoldrick’s home and did so on Aug. 29, 2017, court papers indicate. Inside the home detectives found digital scales, assorted amounts of methamphetamine stored in various containers and drug packaging materials, according to the criminal complaint.
A search of McGoldrick’s pickup truck uncovered “a black plastic box that contained suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with smoking methamphetamine,” according to detectives.
Thomas R. McGoldrick, 54, of #UpperMerion was sentenced in #MontcoPa #Court to a total of 5-to-10-yrs in prison on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in connection with incidents that occurred between August 2017 & July 2018 in Upper Merion and #Lansdale— Carl Hessler Jr. (@MontcoCourtNews) November 25, 2019
“Based on my training, knowledge and experience, I believe the amount of methamphetamine seized, coupled with the way it was packaged was possessed with the intent to deliver,” a detective alleged in the criminal complaint. “Additionally, I believe the scales seized during this search warrant were being used to weigh his illegal narcotics for later delivery to his drug customers.”
A laboratory analysis of substances seized confirmed the presence of about 152.99 grams, or 5.39 ounces, of methamphetamine, according to the arrest affidavit.
While free on bail awaiting court action on the Upper Merion charges, McGoldrick was arrested by Lansdale police in connection with a July 6, 2018, incident.
Police said they responded to East Hancock Street and Church Road about 12:48 a.m. for a report of a vehicle stopped at a traffic signal and not moving for several light cycles. Arriving officers found McGoldrick “slumped over unresponsive with the vehicle in drive and his foot on the brake,” according to the criminal complaint filed by Lansdale Police Officer Drew Freed.
Police were able to awaken McGoldrick and when they asked him to step out of the vehicle they observed a small, pink container with a white powdery substance lying on the driver seat, according to the criminal complaint. McGoldrick, who had red, glassy eyes and slurred speech, admitted that the substance was methamphetamine, police said. Tests later determined that methamphetamine was found in McGoldrick’s bloodstream.
When police searched McGoldrick’s vehicle they found vials, a scale and methamphetamine in a tool bag, according to the arrest affidavit. In the trunk, police found a tool box that also contained “a large amount of suspected methamphetamine.” Tests determined that the weight of the methamphetamine seized was 32.8 grams, court papers alleged.