Marple Township: Police bust large local marijuana dealer

A 30-year-old man is in custody after police executed a search warrant at his residence in Marple Township, Delaware County last month.

The man, identified as Thomas Joseph Whitson Jr., of the 100 block of West Sylvan Drive, faces a slew of charges including possession with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Judge David H. Lang set Whitson’s bail at 10 percent of $100,000, and which he has since failed to post.

PHOTO VIA MARPLE TOWNSHIP POLICE
PHOTO VIA MARPLE TOWNSHIP POLICE

Marple Township Police and members of the Delaware County Drug Task Force executed the warrant at 5 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Whitson’s home located on the 100 block of West Sylvan Drive.

Authorities said the bust led to pounds of marijuana, THC extract that was 85 to 90 percent pure, and tens of thousands in cash from drug sales. Approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana, dozens of THC extract vials and a whopping $30,800 was recovered.

Whitson is listed to appear on Feb. 8 for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Walter “Sonny” Strohl, whose court in Lima has been designated as the county’s drug court.

PHOTO VIA MARPLE TOWNSHIP POLICE
PHOTO VIA MARPLE TOWNSHIP POLICE