Bellefonte man found with 113 bags of suspected heroin in drug investigation, police say

Centre Daily Times, file

Two men are jailed on felony charges after police said they were selling heroin out of a Bellefonte home.

Investigators believe Matthew Dean and Clayton Dubois, both 20 and from Bellefonte, sold about 50 bags of heroin each month from the North Penn Street residence and various local hotels, according to a criminal complaint filed by State College police. A confidential informant alerted authorities to the drug activity on North Penn Street in January, police said.

State College and Bellefonte officers established surveillance Feb. 18 near the house, where they watched a man walk in and leave a few minutes later, according to the complaint. Police stopped him at the intersection of East Bishop Street and Cedar Lane and found a bag of heroin and a syringe, police said.

The man told police he bought heroin from Dean at least once a day for about three months, according to the complaint.

Officers searched the residence and both suspects that day, finding 113 bags of suspected heroin under Dubois’ sweatpants, along with drug paraphernalia, police said. They also searched Dean’s phone and found text messages about selling drugs, according to the complaint.

The toilet was lifted off the floor and had an unusually low water level because “Dean attempted (to flush) the suspected heroin down the drain to destroy evidence,” police said in the complaint.

Dean’s attorney, Julian Allatt, said he didn’t want to comment Thursday. Assistant Public Defender Elizabeth Ramos, who represents Dubois, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Dubois was bound over for trial Wednesday by District Judge Thomas Jordan on two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and two misdemeanors. Dean waived his preliminary hearing Wednesday after being charged with four felony counts of possession with intent to deliver, one felony count of criminal use of a communication facility and three misdemeanors.

Both men are being detained at the Centre County Correctional Facility after District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker set bail Feb. 20 at $250,000. They will face formal arraignment March 27.

Dean pleaded guilty to felony drug charges twice before, while Dubois pleaded guilty to stalking, intimidation and various other charges, according to court records.

Bret Pallotto primarily reports on courts and crime for the Centre Daily Times. He grew up in Lewistown and graduated from Lock Haven University.