AG Investigation Nets Arrest of Alleged Trafficker, 11 Guns and Cache of Drugs after Searches Reveal “Stash House” Above Daycare in North Philadelphia

June 30, 2023 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG –Attorney General Michelle Henry announced an arrest and charges against a Philadelphia man, along with the seizure of 11 firearms and a cache of drugs tied to a trafficking operation.

Justin Pearcy, 36, is charged with multiple felony counts of illegal possession of firearms and possession with intent to deliver controlled substances and related charges.

Pearcy was arraigned Friday morning when bail was set at $2 million.

The charges are related to search warrants executed Thursday by Office of Attorney General agents, including the Gun Violence Task Force and Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, on a vehicle on Pulaski Avenue and at a home on Hunting Park Avenue in North Philadelphia.

“The evidence and facts indicate this was a stash house for drugs and weapons trafficking operations. Drug traffickers often protect their trade with guns and this case is just another example of that,” Attorney General Henry said. “More concerning is the fact that a daycare was in the same building.”

Agents seized large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, and marijuana from the target home, located on the second floor of a building containing a first-floor daycare.

Street value of the seized drugs exceeds $350,000.

Agents also seized over $33,000 cash from the house.

Among the weapons were multiple assault-style rifles – two of the handguns were fitted with a device that made the gun fully automatic and another with a silencer. Extended magazines and ammunition also were seized.

Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office assisted with the vehicle stop and search.

“In communities across Philadelphia, the scourge of guns and drugs continues to pose a grave threat,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. “I extend my sincere gratitude to Attorney General Michelle Henry and our dedicated law enforcement partners for their relentless efforts in combatting these crimes. This arrest, firearms seizure, and dismantling of a drug trafficking operation serves as a stark reminder of the dangerous nexus between narcotics and firearms. We will not waver in our commitment to protect the people that live, work, and play in our great city.”

All charges are accusations. The defendant is innocent unless or until proven guilty.



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