A combined effort between the Marlborough Township Police Department and the Upper Perk Police Department led to the arrest of a suspected marijuana dealer in Green Lane on May 17.
According to court papers filed by Upper Perk and Marlborough police, Christopher Walatt, 22, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia after police searched his apartment as part of an ongoing drug investigation.
Police said that around 7:33 a.m. May 17, law enforcement served a search and seizure warrant at Walatt's apartment in the 200 block of Second St., Green Lane. Police report that they were able to smell the odor of fresh marijuana upon entering the apartment.
During the search of the apartment, police found and seized 14 prepackaged bags of marijuana and a digital scale in the bedroom, as well as a bulk stash of marijuana in the top portion of the toilet in the bathroom. Police also found packaging materials in the kitchen and several cell phones. The substance seized from Walatt's apartment field-tested positive for the presence of marijuana, police said.
A search of Walatt's person found $140 in U.S. currency.
According to police, Walatt told them that he was packaging bags of marijuana when police entered the apartment and admitted that he tried to hide the bulk stash of the drug in the toilet tank.
He was transported to the Marlborough Township Police Department after the search and, during an interview with police, Walatt admitted to distributing marijuana on a regular basis and provided police with details about his operation.
A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 28 at Red Hill District Court. Upper Perk and Marlborough police were assisted in serving the warrant by Pennsylvania State Police and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office Municipal Drug Task Force.