2011-01-06 / Front Page

Coatsville Man Waives Arraignment

Charged with delivering marijuana to Ft. Littleton home

By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

A Chester County man charged with delivering large quantities of suspected marijuana to a Fort Littleton home waived his right to mandatory arraignment via mail Tuesday.

Following waiver of arraignment, Dwayne Omar Taltoan is next scheduled to appear before the Fulton County Court of Common Pleas for call of the list regarding charges that include possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Taltoan, of 1 Foundry Street, Coatesville, was arrested without incident on September 21 during the morning hours at a Dublin Township residence. Allegedly in his possession at the time he was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police was 15 pounds of marijuana he carried into the home from his rental car in buckets.

According to charging documents filed by undercover officers, Taltoan, 33, had reportedly agreed to offer a confidential informant a “good deal” on one pound of marijuana if the transaction was made within several days. State police reports further maintain the informant agreed to purchase 15 pounds of marijuana at a price of $1,200 per pound.

Following his arrest, Taltoan allegedly told investigating officers he got the marijuana “down east.” He was delivering it to northern Fulton County in exchange for a fee of $300, the affidavit reported.

Police added it was believed Taltoan had been bringing marijuana to Fulton County for at least two years from the Philadelphia area.

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

Taltoan is represented in court proceedings by attorney Hope Lefeber of Philadelphia.

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