A Bellefonte man was arrested for allegedly selling drugs at the Centre County Grange Encampment and Fair.
Two Centre County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched by the Grange Fair security office at 11:56 p.m. Saturday, because security officers suspected a male was selling drugs near the center of the fairgrounds.
The sheriff’s deputies approached Matthew James Dean, who told officers that he possessed marijuana the day before and said he did not have any drugs on him that night, according to the affidavit. The deputies asked to check Dean for drugs. He allegedly gave the deputies permission.
Dean, 20, raised his arms and allowed a deputy to lift his shirt to check his pockets, according to the affidavit. One of the deputies then spotted a bag with a yellow package and pulled it from Dean’s waistband. Matthew allegedly slapped the bag out of the deputies hand and tried to run, but the deputies “placed” Dean on the ground and handcuffed him.
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The deputies continued to search Dean and found “a large amount of money” and suspected prescription drugs. The deputies also suspected that the yellow package contained heroin.
Dean was charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.