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Lehighton man faces drug charges in Lehigh

Published February 01. 2011 05:00PM

A 19-year-old Lehighton man has been charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin and other charges as a result of an ongoing investigation into drug activity in and around the Borough of Slatington.

Sean Christopher Compton, of 165 Tar Run Road, waived a preliminary hearing on Monday, before District Judge Carl L. Balliet in Lehigh County Central Court.

The Lehigh County Drug Task Force had filed warrants for Compton's arrest in November and Allentown police arrested him on those warrants on Jan. 22, according to Joseph P. Stauffer, chief detective of the Drug Task Force.

Compton is charged with criminal use of a communication facility, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Stauffer said the arrest was part of an ongoing investigation by Slatington Police and the Drug Task Force into drug activity in Slatington and the surrounding area.

An affidavit of probable cause filed by Timothy Wagner, a Slatington police officer on assignment with the Drug Task Force, alleges that on May 13, Compton met with a confidential informant and exchanged heroin for marked currency.

As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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