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COMMONWEALTH PENNSYLVANIA v. GREGORY JOHN PROIETTO (06/28/76)

decided: June 28, 1976.

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA
v.
GREGORY JOHN PROIETTO, APPELLANT



Appeal from the Judgment of Sentence Imposed May 27, 1975 of the Court of Common Pleas, Criminal, County of Montgomery at No. 4426 October Term, 1974. No. 1577 October Term, 1975.

COUNSEL

Calvin S. Drayer, Jr., Asst. Public Defender, Norristown, for appellant.

Milton O. Moss, Dist. Atty., William T. Nicholas, First Asst. Dist. Atty., Stewart J. Greenleaf, Asst. Dist. Atty., Chief, Appeals Div., Norristown, for appellee.

Watkins, President Judge, and Jacobs, Hoffman, Cercone, Price, Van der Voort, and Spaeth, JJ., concurring. Jacobs, J., concurs in the result.

Author: Cercone

[ 241 Pa. Super. Page 387]

At approximately 1:30 P.M. on October 17, 1974 Anthony Iorio, an undercover narcotics agent for the Bureau of Drug Control of the Pennsylvania Department of Justice, went to 410 Spring Mill Avenue, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and knocked on the door. Appellant answered the door and Agent Iorio, after introducing himself as Tony, stated that he was there to obtain some

[ 241 Pa. Super. Page 388]

    heroin. Appellant stated that he was going to Philadelphia for that purpose and asked Agent Iorio how much he wanted. Agent Iorio replied that he wanted one bundle, i. e., between twenty-four and thirty bags of heroin. Appellant stated that a bundle would cost $140. Agent Iorio agreed on the price and gave appellant $140. Agent Iorio and appellant then left the house together and agreed to meet later that afternoon at a MacDonald's restaurant in West Conshohocken. At approximately 4:40 P.M. a man in a brown Dodge approached Agent Iorio and stated, "Follow me. He has your dope." Agent Iorio followed the Dodge to the house at 410 Spring Mill Avenue where he found appellant and several other persons. Appellant removed a bundle of heroin from his pocket, took out four bags, and gave Agent Iorio the rest. Appellant said he kept the four bags for his trouble.

That same day appellant was arrested and charged with possession*fn1 and delivery*fn2 of heroin in violation of the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. On April 24 and 25, 1975 appellant was tried by a jury and found guilty. Post verdict motions were refused, and appellant was sentenced to two to five years in prison on the delivery count with sentence suspended on the possession count.

Appellant now appeals to this court raising four issues. Three of the issues were not raised at trial and are therefore not now properly before us. Commonwealth v. Reid, 458 Pa. 357, 326 A.2d 267 (1974); Commonwealth v. Agie, 449 Pa. 187, 296 A.2d 741 (1973). Appellant's fourth issue, i. e., that his trial counsel was ineffective, while not raised at trial, is nevertheless reviewable on direct appeal. Commonwealth v. Dancer, 460 Pa. 95, 331 A.2d 435 (1975). In reviewing a claim of ineffective

[ 241 Pa. Super. Page 389]

    assistance of counsel the standard to be applied is that set forth in Commonwealth ex rel. Washington v. Maroney, 427 Pa. 599, 604-5, 235 A.2d 349, 352 (1967).

"[C]counsel's assistance is deemed constitutionally effective once we are able to conclude that the particular course chosen by counsel had some reasonable basis designed to effectuate his client's interests. The test is not whether other alternatives were more reasonable, employing a hindsight evaluation of the record. Although weigh the alternatives we must, the balance tips in favor of a finding of ...


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