Former Centre County Assistant District Attorney Steve Sloane, who was charged with seven felony counts of selling marijuana, was arraigned Tuesday morning and released on bail, according to the Mifflin County Courts.
Sloane, 53, was arraigned by Mifflin County District Judge Tammy Hunter via a video conference and was set free on $100,000 unsecured bail, according to Mifflin County Courts.
Sloane declined to comment on the charges.
Modesto Police Department in Modesto, Ca. intercepted a package on Oct. 26, 2011 addressed to Sloane at his law office from a man named Steven Ice, police said.
The package included two ounces of marijuana, 20 hydrocodone pills and a receipt given to the person who shipped the package for $250. Police also found text messages between Sloane and Ice, indicating that Ice was sending drugs to Sloane in packages, police said.
When initially interviewed by police in November 2011, Sloane said he knew Ice from the Air Force and that Ice had been sending him legal documents in packages from April to May of 2011, police said.
Sloane said that in one of the packages, there was a small amount of marijuana and said he was upset with Ice for sending him it, police said.
Sloane said he received less than five packages from Ice delivered to his home containing classified ads from the Modesto Bee newspaper, police said. Sloane also said he received 12 Vicodin pills from Ice, as he was taking them by prescription and was out, police said.
After more questioning, Sloane told police that he had received pills from Ice once and marijuana from Ice three times, police said. Sloane said he sold the marijuana to law students at the Dickinson School of Law and that he was a former Oxycontin addict, police said.
Sloane also said he received 10 other pills from Ice he thought were Percocet and that he was supposed to receive codeine from Ice, but never did, police said.
Sloane practiced law at what is now Masorti & Donaldson, P.C. but was terminated in October 2011 when his partners became aware of the investigation, as previously reported.
Sloane was known locally for his friendship with the late former District Attorney Ray Gricar and working as the assistant district attorney during the initial 1998 investigation of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing boys.