Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Coal Region Canary
Coal Region CanaryCoal Region Canary

Schuylkill County News

Pottsville Man Gets 16 Months for Meth and Fentanyl Trafficking

Police found John Bartel with more than 1,300 fentanyl packets in his vehicle.

A Pottsville man was sentenced this week to 16 months in federal prison for trafficking fentanyl and methamphetamine.

According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, John Bartel, 64, of Pottsville received the sentence during a hearing on Thursday in front of US District Court Judge Malachy Mannion.

Bartel previously pleaded guilty to the charge of possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Back in August 2022, State Police discovered a large amount of meth and fentanyl during a traffic stop of Bartel in Pottsville.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In that stop, police found Bartel with 55 grams of meth and 1,371 packets of fentanyl in his vehicle. He was the lone occupant of the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.

Subscribe to Coal Region Canary

Get email updates from Coal Region Canary by becoming a subscriber today. Just enter your email address below to get started!



  1. James EISENHART

    December 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

    So these scum,are killing our children,and he gets a slap in the wrist for having enough fentanyl to kill thousands? Something not right here!

    But perhaps Padora can get him a job when he gets out of prison .

    • Crystal

      December 10, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      Dude needs the death penalty. Not 16 months of our tax dollars giving him 3 hots and a cot. Such absolute BS. Sounds like he rolled over on some of his buddies to get that light of a sentence.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More From The Canary

Local Weather

Sizzling today and the rest of the weekend.

Local Weather

It's the first day of summer!

PA Lottery Numbers

Wednesday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Thursday's winning numbers

PA Lottery Numbers

Sunday's winning numbers

Local Sports

Here is a weekly update on coal region natives in pro baseball.

Schuylkill County News

Suspect reportedly used company's Paypal account to send himself fraudulent refunds.

Schuylkill County Police News

The truck certainly has some unique characteristics.