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Suspect in fatal drug sale is arraigned

Published October 27. 2011 05:01PM

On April 23, Brett Flexer, 20, of Lehighton, who was a wrestler at Lycoming College was found dead in the bedroom of his home.

Police said an investigation determined he attended a party the previous evening in Mahoning Township.

Yesterday, police arraigned a Mahoning Township man who had been at that party and who had allegedly sold Flexer an illegal drug.

Donato Anthony Farole, 21, of Carnation Lane, has been charged with delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, both felonies, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned before District Judge Edward M. Lewis of Jim Thorpe. Lewis listed bail at $100,000 unsecured.

Farole, who graduated from Lehighton Area High School where he was involved in athletics, is now reportedly attending college.

He was accompanied to the hearing by his father.

The affidavit, filed by Officer Tyler Meek of the Mahoning Township Police Department, alleges that Farole sold a 40 mg Opana, a narcotic, to Flexer for $50 while at the party that they both attended.

Opana is a pain-killing drug.

Lewis tentatively scheduled a preliminary hearing for Nov. 2.

Two of the conditions of the unsecured bail are that Farole submit to random urine screenings and that he have no alcohol or illegal drugs.

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