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Police: Suspect was on probation; also faces drug charges
A McKeesport man who was on probation is being held without bond in the Allegheny County Jail after police said they recovered suspected heroin, suspected crack cocaine and 10 firearms from his home in the Seventh Ward.
Jermaine Pawlik-Curry Sr., 35, faces formal arraignment Feb. 19 in Allegheny County Court on more than a dozen charges, including drug and weapons violations. On Monday, Pawlik-Curry waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Eugene Riazzi in McKeesport.
According to a police report, Allegheny County probation officers asked for McKeesport police department's help on Dec. 18 to verify that Pawlik-Curry was complying with the terms of his release.
Police said they arrived at Pawlik-Curry's home and were invited in. According to a report, officers observed a digital scale with powdery residue in a bedroom, as well as two plastic bags containing suspected heroin.
Police also saw several rifles in a spare bedroom, as well as a large revolver in the living room sofa.
Pawlik-Curry and a woman at the home were detained by police and a search warrant was obtained from Riazzi's office, according to a police report.
In the search that followed, officers seized five handguns, five rifles and a pellet gun, police said, plus three boxes of ammunition, two magazines and a telescopic rifle sight, as well as $1,173 cash.
Also recovered was a small safe containing 22 bags of suspected heroin and one bag of suspected crack cocaine, as well as 96 pills of the painkiller and muscle relaxant Gabapentin.
According to a police report, Pawlik-Curry told officers that he had taken custody of the firearms from a relative who had recently passed away.
The woman who was present during the search was released without being charged, police said.
Pawlik-Curry is charged by McKeesport police with 10 counts of unauthorized possession of firearms, three counts of possession of controlled substances and one count of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
Bail was denied following hearings on Dec. 19 and Dec. 26, court officials said.
Originally published January 02, 2020.