Man Who Sold Meth, Cocaine in Levittown Gets 4 to 10 Years

A man caught trafficking in cocaine and methamphetamine in the Levittown area was sentenced today to serve four to 10 years in state prison.

Fred Joseph Niedrist, 37, of Levittown, pleaded guilty this morning to delivery of methamphetamine and no contest to possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

The pleas and sentence, which also called for continuing mental health and drug and alcohol treatment, were the result of a negotiated agreement between Deputy District Attorney Thomas C. Gannon and defense attorney Richard R. Fink.

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Rea B. Boylan accepted the recommendations of the agreement, calling it “very balanced,” and imposed two concurrent four- to 10-year sentences.

Boylan recommended that Niedrist, who has a long history of drug abuse and mental illness, be sent to the State Correctional Institution at Waymart, which is best-equipped to treat those issues.

Niedrist was arrested early last year as a result of a drug trafficking investigation by the Bucks County Detectives and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

He admitted selling approximately an ounce of crystal methamphetamine to an informant for $1,260 outside a residence in Levittown in May 2016.

Three months earlier, Gannon said, Niedrist met twice with an informant in Levittown, collecting a total of $1,450 as payment for a batch of cocaine that Niedrist had left behind when entering a drug rehabilitation facility. He did not know at the time of those February 2016 transactions that the 68 ounces of cocaine already had been seized in a drug raid two months earlier.

Niedrist’s criminal record included numerous juvenile adjudications and adult convictions for property crimes, assaults and drug and firearms offenses, Gannon said. Niedrist already had served state time for growing marijuana in his home while illegally possessing an assault firearm.

“I’m disgusted with myself for the way things have been going with me,” Niedrist told Boylan. “I’m embarrassed for my family, for them having to be here. I just want to make them feel proud of me again.”

Contact: Thomas C. Gannon, 215.348.6461, tcgannon@buckscounty.org