WILKES-BARRE — City police said Wednesday they arrested a convicted felon when he was found with a loaded handgun and heroin packets.
Phillip Maurice Harvey, 37, of Irving Place, Wilkes-Barre, was arraigned Wednesday on illegal possession of a firearm and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.
Police said they stopped Harvey walking in the area of Irving Place and Academy Street, which they call a high-crime area, at about 3 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
An officer approached Harvey, asking if he lived in the area. Harvey replied, “Yes, I live at 40 Irving Place.”
The officer asked Harvey for identification, which Harvey said was in his residence. Harvey became nervous, began to breathe heavily and avoided eye contact with the officer, according to the complaint. The officer then noticed a bulge in Harvey’s waistband.
A records check showed an active arrest warrant for Harvey, the complaint states. Police said they lifted Harvey’s shirt and found a concealed gun. A quantity of heroin, $391 and a cellphone were also found in Harvey’s pocket, according to the affidavit.
The gun, a .45-caliber, was loaded, police said.
A search warrant was served at Harvey’s residence, where police said they found two boxes of ammunition, a digital scale, an address book, a razor blade, small plastic bags, a box containing rubber bands, a pipe, two plastic bags containing white powder and a bag containing heroin, according to the search warrant return receipt.
Harvey had been convicted in 1998 on a drug charge, police said.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Aug. 6.