Elk County Courthouse in Bloom

The beautiful grounds of the Elk County Courthouse on Monday Mary 3, 2021

Isaiah John Krise, 28, of St. Marys, pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges and will spend the next 18-48 months under the care of the State Department of Corrections. The current case stems from his involvement in a drug overdose case in the summer of 2020 in Kersey. The Fox Township Ambulance and the Pennsylvania State Police responded to a home along Main Street to the report of a drug overdose. After successfully reviving the victim using multiple NARCAN treatments, the patient told the officers that Krise was the one who sold him the methamphetamine laced with fentanyl. This combination is the 2020's version of the 1970s "speedball,"; a stimulant drug like methamphetamine mixed with a represent like fentanyl. The synthetic opioid fentanyl, made in Chinese labs, is shipped to Mexico, where it is "added" by drug cartels and then transported into the United States. The final 2020 total in the United States, exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, is expected to exceed 90,000 overdose deaths when final numbers are released later this month. In recent years drug overdose cases in Elk County prompted then Elk County District Attorney Shawn McMahon to go after and successfully prosecute dealers who sold people the drugs that resulted in their deaths with homicide charges. Thankfully no one died in this case, but the commitment that the Elk County District Attorney's offices has shown to persecute these cases is continued by the current District Attorney Tom Coppolo. After his state prison term, Krise will also be monitored on enhanced probation for an additional three years following his release. He is eligible for the State Motivational Boot Camp and drug and alcohol treatment along with mental health services while in custody and was encouraged by Judge McMahon to take advantage of these programs. 

Read about all the cases in the Ridgway Record Tuesday Edition

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