TOWANDA — A Monroeton man who was arrested in Athens Township last week is now facing several charges in connection with allegedly selling heroin to a confidential informant of the Pennsylvania State Police in March.

Wesley Blake “Bama” Welborn, 26, has been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count under the controlled substance, drug, device and cosmetic act as well as a felony count of criminal use of communication facility.

According to police, a confidential informant said that a purchase of heroin could be made from Welborn on March 14, 2019. The suspect sent a Facebook message to the informant stating he had to run to Athens to “pick up” and would be back in the Towanda area soon.

The two agreed to meet at the Hurley’s Shopping Center parking lot in Towanda, police said.

The informant was then given $150 of pre-recorded state police funds and was followed to the shopping center where Welborn was observed in a parked vehicle he had been known to use, according to the affidavit.

According to police, the suspect then entered the informant’s vehicle and then got out and departed the area traveling south on Route 220.

The informant then met with police and turned over “a quantity of suspected heroin purchased from Welborn.”

Police said the informant and the vehicle were searched prior to and immediately following the controlled purchase and “no additional narcotics or money were recovered.”

The suspected heroin was then packaged and logged into the property room before being sent out to the Wyoming Regional Lab for analysis, police stated.

Welborn and his girlfriend, Sarah Maryott, 21, both of Monroeton, were arrested at Walmart in Athens Township on May 29.

At the time police stated, Welborn was taken into custody for a previous narcotics investigation involving the sale of heroin.

Maryott was arrested after leaving Walmart for an outstanding Bradford County domestic relations bench warrant.

Following Maryott being taken into custody, she was found in possession of drug paraphernalia along with assorted items of stolen property from Walmart, police said.

The suspects were transported to state police headquarters and their vehicle was impounded pending the preparation of a search warrant.

Prior to being transported to the Bradford County Jail, police said Maryott admitted to having several swim suits in her bra area that she took from Walmart.

On Thursday, a search warrant was executed on Maryott’s vehicle and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, syringes and suspected black tar heroin were recovered, according to police. Additional criminal charges for narcotics violations and retail theft will be filed at a later date.

Welborn was arraigned by Magisterial District Justice Fred Wheaton on May 29 and sent to the Bradford County Jail in lieu of $125,000 straight bail. He will face a preliminary hearing on June 12.

Pat McDonald can be reached at (570) 888-9643 ext. 228 or editor@morning-times.com. Follow the Morning Times on Twitter @Morning_Times.

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