| Richard Gargula
A Pike man with a host of drug charges under his belt pled guilty to a more recent set of drug charges while in Wyoming County Court Thursday.
On Aug. 31, Richard Gargula waived indictment on: criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, both Class B felonies; tampering with physical evidence, a Class E felony; and the following as misdemeanors -- two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree; driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of drugs and alcohol; driving while ability impaired by drugs; and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree.
He pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a Class B felony; driving while ability impaired by drugs as a misdemeanor.
However, this latest batch of charges is one of many the 34-year-old has acquired during the past couple of years.
On Aug. 11 Gargula, of Pike, was accused of driving with a suspended license when he was stopped on Shearing Road in the Town of Gainesville. At the time of his arrest he allegedly failed field sobriety testing, was found to be in possession of suspected cocaine and heroin, and was determined to be impaired by multiple drug categories following an evaluation by a drug recognition expert.
Gargula is also being accused of tossing suspected cocaine inside a nearby residence in an attempt to conceal evidence.
He was put in Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.
Previous arrests and charges include:
• On Sept. 14, 2015, Gargula, then 32, was charged with criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument and speed in zone. Gargula was stopped on Telegraph Road Sept. 11 for allegedly driving 63 in a 35-mph zone. During the traffic stop, it is alleged that Gargula was in possession of a hypodermic syringe used for heroin injection.
• On March 19, Gargula, then 33, was charged with criminal solicitation in the fourth degree. He is accused of soliciting Melissa Preen to commit the felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
Due to Gargula being an inmate at the time of his arrest, his personal belongings were searched by jail staff. Officials say a narcotic preparation was found within his clothing. Subsequently, he was also charged with introduction of dangerous contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree – more than 500 mgs. of cocaine, a Class D felony.
He was jailed on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond for the solicitation charge and $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond for the felony charges.
• On May 25, he pled guilty to attempted promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a Class E felony. He was scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 17.
• On Aug. 17, he was charged with one count of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree.
• On Aug. 18, he admitted to violating his sentencing cap. Bail was revoked and he was held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.
Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 14. He is being held without bail in the Wyoming County Jail.