Taylor Sentenced for Involvement in Local Meth Ring

CLEARFIELD – A Springdale man facing charges for his involvement with a local methamphetamine drug ring was sentenced Monday.

Darrell Taylor, 30, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and person not to possess a firearm before President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.

Taylor was sentenced to a total period of five to 10 years in state prison with 12 months consecutive probation.

The charges are the result of an investigation by agents of the attorney general’s office into drug activity at Vincent Panebianco’s Clearfield home.

After they stopped a vehicle leaving the home in February of 2019, officers found over $19,000 in a locked box and drug paraphernalia, according to the affidavit.

Investigators claimed this was evidence they were on their way to Ohio to purchase methamphetamine for the drug ring.

This led to a search warrant being issued for Panebianco’s residence where they found an ounce of methamphetamine, packaging materials, scales and firearms, Senior Deputy Attorney General Dave Gorman said at an October trial for Taylor, Panebianco, 29, and Marcus Waltmon, 41, of Clearfield.

A mistrial was declared during the second day, due to the jury possibly hearing conversations between the judge and attorneys during a sidebar.

In December Panebianco, pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal conspiracy and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance-methamphetamine (10 to 15 grams). He was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison, according to a court employee.

Waltmon, 41, who was a passenger in the vehicle, also pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy/possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance–methamphetamine (less than 2.5 grams) and was sentenced to 18 months to 40 months in state prison in December.

The driver of the vehicle, Eric Kyler, 42, of Winburne pleaded guilty in this case in October and was sentenced to 42 months to 10 years in state prison.

In an unrelated contraband scheme, Kyler also received an additional two to four years in prison.

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