LACONIA — A Tilton man, accused of dealing drugs, has offered to plead guilty to four charges in return for a 4- to 8-year prison sentence.
William J. Surowiec Jr., 40, on Wednesday filed in Belknap County Superior Court an intent to plead guilty to two counts of possession of controlled drugs with intent to distribute, and two counts of sale of controlled drugs.
In the capped plea, agreed to by the prosecution and defense, Surowiec would serve four to eight years in prison on the count of possession of fentanyl. On the charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute he would receive a consecutive 3½- to 7-year sentence suspended for five years, meaning if he reoffends within five years of leaving prison he could be sent back to prison to serve the 3½- to 7-year sentence.
On the two counts of sale of controlled drugs Surowiec would be sentenced to 3½ to 7 years on each count, suspended for five years.
Surowiec made the plea offer just before the defense and prosecution attorneys were scheduled to appear in court for a final pretrial hearing in Surowiec’s case.
The plea agreement still needs to be approved by a judge. A plea and sentencing hearing is currently scheduled for June 18.
Last week Surowiec’s case was dealt a setback when Superior Court Justice James D. O’Neill ruled that drugs and other evidence of drug sales found during searches of Surowiec’s Tilton apartment could be used as evidence at his trial. The trial had been scheduled to take place during the first part of June.
The searches were related to the sales to a confidential informant last July 25, Aug. 2, and Aug. 23. During the searches police found heroin, fentanyl, methamphetamine and anabolic steroids, as well as scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia. Money and guns were also found in the apartment at 251 Main St.