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Carbon resident facing drug counts

Published July 31. 2012 05:01PM

A Carbon County resident is facing drug charges following an incident that occurred last year.

Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith said Dante Matos, 24, of 123 W. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, has been charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance, possession (three counts), and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on aor about June 28.

The charges stem from in incident that occurred on Sept. 9, 2011, about 1:45 p.m. Smith stated at that time he received a call from Carbon County Adult Probation officer Joseph Battene that he was enroute to Matos' residence with the suspect in custody and requested assistance.

On scene Battene asked Smith to watch Matos as he and other probation officers, Jillian McGinley and Matthew Kimmel, searched the home.

Found as a result of the search was various drug paraphernalia including scales, containers with suspected marijuana, baggies, Serquel tablets tied into a plastic baggie, and other narcotics and paraphernalia.

Matos and his girlfriend, who was present, denied any knowledge of the found items. The evidence was gathered and turned over a state police crime laboratory for anaylsis. The results of that anaylis indicated the items found was marijuana Dihydrocodeinone and cocaine, all controlled substances, Smith said.

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