Crime

State College drug dealer sentenced after guilty plea

A former fugitive drug dealer who calls himself the “Trypnotist” was sentenced Thursday in Centre County court.

Joseph Mishock, 30, was sentenced to serve 111/2 to 231/2 months in the Centre County Correctional Facility and received one year of probation by Judge Pamela A. Ruest.

Mishock pleaded guilty in November to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, a felony; and three counts of possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office Friday.

In March 2010, the Centre County Drug Task Force and the State College Police Department engaged in a joint investigation of Mishock, who they believed had been selling LSD and marijuana in the State College area.

However, Mishock fled to San Francisco and was captured in January, police said. Extradited back to Pennsylvania, Mishock was prosecuted for selling marijuana and other drugs.

After Mishock sold controlled substances, police said they were able to obtain a search warrant on his downtown State College apartment, where they discoveredEcstasy, diazepam, ketamine, marijuana, vials containing cocaine residue, digital scales, $963 in cash and other drug paraphernalia.

“Dabbling in drug dealing will never pay off,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release. “This defendant ran but could never hide. In the end, his foray into polluting people for profit landed him behind bars.”

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