WILKES-BARRE — A state police undercover drug investigation uncovered an alleged Megan’s Law offender.
Anthony Curry, 47, had been living at a Carlisle Street residence since September after failing to register the address with authorities as a convicted sexual offender from New Jersey, according to arrest papers.
Curry was arraigned Tuesday by District Judge Rick Cronauer on a charge of failing to register with state police. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $25,000 bail.
Curry had been jailed for lack of $25,000 bail since his arrest on drug offenses last month.
According to the criminal complaint:
Curry was the target of an investigation by the state police Vice and Narcotics Unit on allegations he was selling heroin in Wilkes-Barre.
State police learned Curry was convicted of sexual assault in Passaic County, N.J., in September 1996 and is required to register his address with authorities as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
Curry was arrested near his residence that was searched by state police on March 27. His girlfriend told state police she has been living at the Carlisle Street residence since January 2004, and Curry moved in sometime in September, the complaint says.
Curry provided the Carlisle Street address as his residence when he was processed on the drug offenses.
State police said Curry never registered the Carlisle Street address as required under the state’s Megan’s Law, according to the complaint.
New Jersey court records say Curry was sentenced in 1996 to six years in prison on the sexual assault charge, and five years in prison on drug distribution offenses.
Preliminary hearings on the drug charges and Megan’s Law violation are scheduled on April 16.