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A man arrested by McKeesport police in December on weapons and drug charges has now been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh.
A spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said the four-count indictment, unsealed Wednesday, charges Jermaine Pawlik-Curry Sr., 35, with violating federal weapons and drug trafficking laws.
McKeesport police and Allegheny County probation officers went to Pawlik-Curry’s home on Dec. 18 to confirm that he was complying with the terms of his parole.
Inside the home, city police said, they found suspected heroin, suspected crack cocaine, suspected fentanyl, unlicensed prescription drugs and 10 firearms, as well as $1,173 cash.
According to court records, Pawlik-Curry was convicted of receiving stolen property in 2010 in connection with a stolen auto-parts operation.
Under federal law, the conviction made Pawlik-Curry ineligible to own firearms, Brady said. In addition, Pawlik-Curry was subject to a state protection from abuse order which also made possession of a firearm unlawful, Brady said.
The indictment also charges Pawlik-Curry with possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking.
“This prosecution is part our of commitment to protect victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence,” Brady said. “We know that where a firearm is present, the likelihood of a domestic violence-related homicide increases by 500 percent.”
The federal charges carry a possible life sentence, a fine of $1.75 million, or both, Brady’s spokeswoman said.
Pawlik-Curry is being held in the Allegheny County Jail without bond on the charges filed by McKeesport police.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole Vasquez Schmitt is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government.
Originally published August 26, 2020.