May 19 Hearing Set Following Drug Arrest in Pottstown

POTTSTOWN PA – Naim Payton, a 23-year-old Morrisville PA man taken into custody for allegedly trafficking large quantities of uncut fentanyl in Pottstown, faces a May 19 scheduled preliminary hearing in the borough following his arrest on a variety of felony charges, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele and Pottstown Police Chief Mick Markovich said.

Law enforcers had earlier learned of Payton’s pending alleged sale of the drugs. Payton and his vehicle, which county detectives reported to contain 1,500 bags of the illegal and often deadly substance, was spotted as it arrived Monday (April 25, 2022) in the 400 block of North Evans Street.

The doses were packaged for sale in 10-baggie bundles, then five bundles were packaged into a “brick,” and five of those bricks were packaged together into a “rack.” The seized fentanyl has a street value of approximately $20,000, Steele said.

“Fentanyl is continuing to kill Montgomery County residents at an alarming rate, even as methamphetamine is becoming more prevalent throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. This significant arrest and seizure will make Montgomery County a safer place,” the district attorney added. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Allison Ruth, captain of the county DA’s High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Unit.

Payton was charged with felony possession with intent to deliver, as well as possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arraigned Tuesday (April 26) by Magisterial District Judge Scott T. Palladino.

Although the bail amount set by Palladino was lowered Wednesday (April 27) in a Court of Common Pleas review, Payton was unable to post bail and was transported to the county jail in Eagleville.

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