NORRISTOWN — A Pottstown man has admitted to his role in a methamphetamine trafficking organization and is awaiting his fate from a judge.
Robert Levengood, 43, of the 500 block of West High Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to felony charges of corrupt organizations, conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in connection with incidents that occurred between May and October 2019.
Judge Thomas C. Branca deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigation report about Levengood, who will undergo drug and alcohol evaluations prior to sentencing.
The open plea means Levengood, who listed a previous address in the 1000 block of North Warren Street, has no deals with prosecutors regarding his potential sentence.
Levengood remains free on bail pending a sentencing hearing in September.
Levengood was among more than a dozen people charged in 2019 in connection with the drug trafficking network. Many of the others are still awaiting court action on various drug-related charges.
“This investigation revealed that the targets of this investigation conspired to sell controlled substances, primarily methamphetamine, in the Pottstown area…,” county detectives and Pottstown police wrote in the arrest affidavit.
The main targets utilized the U.S. Postal Service, “as well as other clandestine methods,” to acquire controlled substances for re-sale from “one of their sources of drug supply” in Long Beach, Calif., “namely Newstell Marable Jr.,” detectives alleged.
“The main targets of this investigation flooded Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, with vast amounts of methamphetamine by employing a network of sub-dealers who assisted them in distributing methamphetamine to lower-level traffickers and ultimately the end-user of the drug,” detectives continued.
Methamphetamine is “a strong and highly addictive drug” that affects the central nervous system, detectives said.
“This investigation also revealed that Robert Levengood, a methamphetamine trafficker, utilized multiple cellular phones or communication platforms to facilitate, and ultimately operate, his drug trafficking activities,” detectives wrote in the criminal complaint.
The six month investigation involved interviews, the strategic use of confidential informants, controlled drug buys, human surveillance, electronic surveillance, GPS tracking, cellphone data analysis, a review of the targets’ social media accounts and search warrants, according to court papers.
Marable, 64, formerly of the 2500 block of Perkiomen Avenue, Mount Penn, Berks County, and most recently of Long Beach, Calif., previously pleaded guilty to charges of corrupt organizations, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, possession with intent to deliver marijuana or methamphetamine, conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility in connection with the drug organization.
Marable, who formerly resided in Douglass (Berks), previously received a time served sentence of 456 days served to 23 months in jail, to be followed by three years’ probation, and he was paroled in January, according to court records.
Detectives alleged Marable was captured by video surveillance at post offices in Long Beach sending parcels to multiple addresses in and around Montgomery County. Some of the parcels containing controlled substances were mailed to residences on Spruce, West Third and Lemon streets in Pottstown, according to court documents.
Marable, detectives alleged, utilized his cellphone to communicate with his co-conspirators to facilitate his role in the drug trafficking enterprise.
During a search of Marable’s Long Beach residence on Sept. 30, 2019, detectives seized about 4.8 pounds of marijuana in a bedroom closet, according to the criminal complaint.
Court documents indicate other searches occurred at residences in Pottstown and Franconia Township.
The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than five pounds of methamphetamine, more than five pounds of marijuana, three handguns and approximately $15,000 in cash, according to the criminal complaint.
County detectives and Pottstown police were assisted in the investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, the Pennsylvania State Police, Upper Providence Police and West Pottsgrove Police.