2010-11-18 / Local & State

Taltoan Waives Preliminary Hearing

Charged with delivering of 15 pounds of marijuana
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Dwayne Taltoan Dwayne Taltoan A Chester County man waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday during an appearance in Fulton County Central Court on drug-related charges.

Accompanied by defense attornies Peter Scuderi and Hope Lefeber, Dwayne Omar Taltoan of 1 Foundry Street, Coatesville, waived the hearing by Magisterial District Judge Wendy Mellott. The charges against Taltoan include one count each of possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

The accusations stem from an incident that occurred in the village of Fort Littleton. Taltoan, 33, was taken into custody September 21 at 7 a.m. by undercover Pennsylvania State Police officers at a local residence. In Taltoan’s possession at the time of his arrest were 15 pounds of marijuana he was transporting to the home in buckets.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Taltoan had previously spoken with a confidential informant and offered the individual a “good deal.” The exchange would include better pricing on a pound of marijuana if the transaction was made in the next several days.

The informant, the charging documents state, agreed to purchase 15 pounds of marijuana at the per-pound price of $1,200. Following his arrest, Taltoan allegedly told investigating officers he got the marijuana “down east.” He was delivering it to northern Fulton County for a fee of $300, the affidavit reported.

The marijuana was transported to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab in Greensburg for further analysis and testing.

A date for Taltoan’s mandatory arraignment in the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas has not been scheduled.

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