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April 18, 2014

Police seize heroin, money in Prospect

Suspect remains at large

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police reported that several bricks of heroin, along with $4,000 in cash and a handgun, were discovered in the city's Prospect neighborhood around 4 a.m. Friday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Shakir Smith, 36, the man be­lieved to be the owner or renter of the two homes raided in the 300 block of Ihmsen Avenue.

City police are urging anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts to call 800-281-1680.

West Hills Regional Police and the state attorney general’s office worked in conjunction with city police on the seizure.

Johnstown police Capt. Andy Frear said a 16-year-old was taken into custody following the search.

Smith is charged with manufacturing or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, prohibited possession of a firearm and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to court documents, a criminal complaint was filed at the office of District Judge John Barron but could not be viewed because the office was closed Friday for the Easter holiday.

Second drug case

In a separate case, Johnstown police said they found three bricks – or about 150 stamp bags – of heroin in the vehicle of Perry Allen King Jr., 38, as well as crack cocaine and $680 in cash.

Frear said King was to be arrested on charges of parole violations, but when officers identified his vehicle Thursday night on the Route 56 bypass, he was stopped and his car searched.

King was taken into custody.

He has several prior drug charges dating back to 2005 and armed robbery charges from 1999.

King’s address was not available Friday.

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @justindennis.

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