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Department: Prosecutor's Office

Press Release - Sentencing of Matthew J. Drinko

Release Date: July 01, 2020

PRESS RELEASE
 
 
July 1, 2020
 
     Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch announced the sentencing of Matthew J. Drinko, who appeared before the Honorable Louis S. Sceusi, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on June 25, 2020.
 
     Drinko, age 28 of Ashley, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to two years probation.  He must also continue drug treatment and pay mandatory fines and fees. 
 
     He pled guilty on April 23, 2020 to one count of Possession of Heroin, a third degree crime.  On 10/7/19 state police were on routine patrol in the Shop-Rite Parking Lot in Montague.   Drinko was a passenger in a parked car that was approached by state police in order to speak to the driver.  Drinko was observed walking away from the car and throwing a cigarette box under a parked car.  The cigarette box was retrieved and heroin was located within.
 
     Drinko was represented by Elizabeth Smith, Esq. and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Rachelle Jones.
 
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