Drug Charges Against Edinboro Man Bound Over for Court

Officers make an arrest outside of the Quality Inn in Warren in connection with a drug raid on Dec. 30, 2022.

WARREN, Pa. – An Edinboro man arrested following a drug bust last week was held over for court during a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, online court records show.

Matthew J. Kemper, 27 of Edinboro, was charged with possession with intent to distribute, five counts of criminal use of a communications facility (felonies), and possession of a controlled substance (misdemeanor), per court documents.

Kemper was arraigned Saturday (Dec. 31) before District Judge Todd Woodin and taken to Warren County jail after failing to post $500,000 bail.

Formal arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

The raid was conducted at approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 30 outside of the Quality Inn in Warren. Officers recovered Blue M30 pills that Chief Warren County Detective Thomas Kibbey said could be either Percocet or fentanyl.

The raid was conducted after a confidential source informed Kibbey that Kemper had made multiple statements in regards to selling him “blues,” also known as M30 pills, per the affidavit of probable cause.

Through an undercover operation, Kibbey had a text conversation with Kemper, who agreed to deliver 100 “blues” to a location in the City of Warren, per the affidavit.

Kemper confirmed the sale was arranged to take place on Dec. 30.

The investigation was conducted by the Warren County Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, City of Warren Police, Conewango Township Police, Homeland Security Investigations, and Warren County Adult Probation, with the Warren Fire Department on standby.