New Castle News


August 3, 2013

Harbor Heights raid ends with drug arrest


A Harbor Heights family got unexpected guests Friday morning — the city police.
The New Castle police department’s special response team and narcotics unit, along with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force special investigation unit, executed a sealed search warrant at the home of Arlen Brewer at 1139 Booker Drive.
Dus, of the city’s K-9 department, also participated in the 6:30 a.m. raid Friday.
“We woke them up. Everyone was still in bed when we came through the door,” New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said.
Brewer, 38, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, one count of manufacturing a controlled substance for a marijuana plant, one count of prohibited firearms possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Lawrence County District Judge Jennifer Nicholson and jailed on $25,000 bond.
Salem said the officers found seven bags of suspected heroin with a total weight of 1.71 grams, one bag of suspected ecstasy, one marijuana plant growing in the house, various pills and a 20 gauge shot gun. Also found and seized were a scale, nine cell phones and 31 rounds of various ammunition.
Salem said only Brewer was arrested.
“He was in the house with his girlfriend and five teenage girls. Salem said all the girls are relatives and estimated their ages at 12 to 17 years.
Salen said the females were not charged. The girls, he said, were all released to family members.
Salem noted that police special units have stepped up their presence in the Harbor Heights public housing neighborhood lately.
“We’ve been getting more calls there in the past few weeks.”
He noted officers were called to Harbor Heights at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday when about 30 rounds of ammunition was exchanged. Buildings and two vehicles were hit by gunfire, but no one was injured.

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