Easton police raid a town home in an investigation into a suspected drug-related death


The Easton Police Department’s Special Response Unit, which issued a search warrant early Thursday morning as part of a criminal unit investigation into a suspected drug-related death, recovered evidence of the incident and made an unrelated arrest, authorities said.

One person was found dead Aug. 18 at their home and, as with all unattended deaths in the city, police and the Northampton County Coroner’s Office are investigating, Lt. Matthew Gerould told lehighvalleylive. com.

The investigation into the drug delivery that led to the death led police around 6 a.m. to the 500 block of Old Philadelphia Road in the south end of the city, Gerould said. He would not say what the probable cause was for serving the search warrant there, citing the ongoing investigation involving police, the district attorney’s office and the coroner’s office. He also did not want to say more about the deceased person.

Once police were inside the former funeral home’s apartment, there were illegal drugs in plain view, Gerould said. A second search warrant was therefore requested and fentanyl and marijuana were eventually recovered, Gerould said.

Tariq Sebro Johnson, 24, was arrested there and will be charged with possession with intent to deliver fentanyl, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, Gerould said. .

Without going into specifics, Gerould also said evidence from the death inquest was found in the apartment.

He wouldn’t say who might be the target of the inquest into the death – if there is one at this point – again citing the ongoing investigation.

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Tony Rhodin can be reached at arhodin@lehighvalleylive.com.

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