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Arnold men accused of having drugs, illegal weapon

| Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

Two Arnold men face charges because New Kensington police allegedly found them on Friday night in a car containing marijuana, large amounts of heroin and an illegal gun.

Donald Carter Jr., 19, of Victoria Avenue has been charged with possession of a firearm without a license, possession with intent to deliver heroin and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

He faces misdemeanor possession charges for marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Demetrius T. Houser, 18, of Third Avenue faces misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Detective Sgt. Dino DiGiacobbe said New Kensington police responded about 8:30 p.m. to the 1300 block of Leishman Avenue, where they received a complaint about suspected drug use in a parked car.

As officers approached the white Chevy Cruze, he said, its five occupants tried to hide from view beneath the haze of what appeared to be marijuana smoke.

After removing the occupants from the car, police found what appeared to be nearly 300 packets of heroin, allegedly belonging to Carter.

Police say Carter was carrying a .40-caliber handgun, which they say he didn't legally possess.

Police say Houser had a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Charges are pending further investigation for the three other occupants — two boys and a 25-year-old Harrison woman, whom police did not identify.

Carter and Houser were arraigned on Saturday morning before District Judge Roger Eckels.

Houser was released on $5,000 bond.

Carter, who DiGiacobbe said was the victim of a drive-by shooting in New Kensington last October, remains detained in Westmoreland County jail in lieu of $50,000 straight bond.

Both preliminary hearings are scheduled for Thursday, May 8, before District Judge Frank J. Pallone Jr.

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bashe@tribweb.com or 724-226-4673.

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