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Police: Heroin, gun found in Plymouth residence

February 21. 2014 11:41PM

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PLYMOUTH — A convicted drug dealer in two states was arrested when police and the Luzerne County Drug Task Force said they found cocaine, heroin and a handgun inside his residence on Davis Street.

Desmond James Mercer, 26, known as “Dez,” was inside the apartment when authorities searched the unit on Thursday.

The search produced quantities of suspected marijuana, heroin, cocaine, cash and a .22-caliber handgun, according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities said the marijuana was located in Mercer’s bedroom where he was arrested. Money, heroin and cocaine were found in a bag found next to the gun, the complaint says.

Mercer is prohibited from owning and carrying a firearm due to previous drug convictions.

Mercer was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one count each of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a firearm. He was jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $250,000 bail.

Court records say Mercer was one of 17 people charged by the state Office of Attorney General and the Luzerne County Drug Task force in September 2009 when drug agents targeted street-level peddlers of drugs in the area.

Mercer pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver heroin and was sentenced Aug. 27, 2010 to one-year, minus one day to two years, minus two days, in the county correctional facility. The sentence allowed him to stay at the county correctional facility.

At the time of the county sentence in August 2010, Mercer was serving a three-year sentence on heroin trafficking charges in New Jersey, according to New Jersey court records.

A preliminary hearing on the latest arrest is scheduled on Feb. 26.

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