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Over 500 bags of heroin, handgun seized in search, prosecutor says

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County)A three week long investigation into the alleged distribution of heroin within Phillipsburg has led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man, according to Warren County Prosecutor Richard Burke.

On Tuesday, Phillipsburg police, Washington Township Police, Hackettstown Police, NJ State Police and the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Unit executed a narcotics search warrant in Phillipsburg, Burke said.

As a result of the search warrant, more than 500 bags of heroin, a .25 caliber handgun with a magazine and ammunition were seized, Burke said.

Devin Salas, 26, of West Berwick St in Easton was charged with one ocunt of second-degree possessing a weapon for an unlawful purpose, once count of second-degree possession of a firearm while committing a controlled dangerous substance-related crime, one count of fourth-degree possession of a weapon by a certain person not to possess weapons, one count of fourth–degree possession of a defaced firearm, one count of third-degree possession of heroin and one count of third-degree possession with the intent to distribute heron.

The second degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose carries a mandatory period incarceration of five years. The second degree offense of possession a firearm while committing a controlled dangerous substance-related offense carries a mandatory consecutive term of 43 months.

Each third-degree controlled dangerous substance offense carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and/or a fine of $35,000 for possession and $75,000 for distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

The fourth degree offenses carry a maximum term of imprisonment of 180 days and/or a fine of $10,000.

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