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May 11, 2012

Burglary call yields gun, $4,300 in pills

NEW CASTLE — A call for a West Side burglary resulted in the seizure of a gun and $4,000 worth of narcotics.

New Castle police arrested Charles E. Dennis, 31, of 634 Ray St. when they found him in a Harbor Heights apartment on Altman Road Wednesday afternoon. He allegedly had more than 170 suspected roxycodone pills packed into his pocket.

Police Chief Bobby Salem said the drugs have an estimated street value of $4,300.

Officers said they also found a bag containing a quarter-ounce of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $100, and one with a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $300, also crammed into Dennis’ pants pockets.

A 16-year-old Farrell youth, who also lives at 1015 Beech St. in New Castle, was with Dennis. Police found a loaded silver .40-caliber Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun with a partially scratched off serial number in the waistband of his pants.

The apartment is rented to a woman, but police said Dennis told them he sometimes showers there and has clothes there.

When officers arrived around 1:45 p.m., they saw Dennis and the juvenile sitting on the front porch and found scales with suspected drug residue in the kitchen, along with plastic bags.

Dennis is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance; and one count each of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned before District Judge Jennifer L. Nicholson, who set bond at $5,000.

Police said the teen will be charged by juvenile petition with receiving stolen property, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of a firearm with an altered manufacturer’s number and carrying a firearm without a license. He is to be booked in a juvenile detention center.

Police said additional charges could be pending further investigation.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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