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Two arrested after Washington County Narcotics Task Force raids house

Documents: Agents found a 12-gauge shotgun, a .30-caliber rifle, a .40-caliber Glock, a .22-caliber handgun, several different calibers of ammunition, suspected marijuana and Suboxone

April 11, 2013

Two men were arrested, and marijuana, guns, ammunition and $4,000 in cash were seized Monday by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force during a search of a Papa Court house, according to Washington County District Court records.

Anthony Morrisey, 36, of Asbury Park, N.J., was charged with possession of a large amount of marijuana, being a convicted felon in possession of firearms, possession of a firearm in a drug-related offense and false statements to police, court records said. Morrisey was jailed on $250,000 bond and is scheduled for a May 2 preliminary hearing, court records said.

Kirk Elliott Mitchell, 22, of 710 Lanvale St., was charged with carrying a concealed dangerous weapon, conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, attempted distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, maintaining a common nuisance for the distribution of controlled dangerous substances and two counts of possession of a large amount of marijuana, court records said. He was later released on $30,000 bond and is also scheduled for a May 2 preliminary hearing, court records said.

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The task force obtained a search warrant in March after Mitchell sold marijuana to a confidential informant, the statement of probable cause said. Although court records had the Lanvale Street address for Mitchell, the charging document said he had been residing at 516 Papa Court, the home of a relative.

The house was searched Monday night and agents found a 12-gauge shotgun, a .30-caliber rifle, a .40-caliber Glock, a .22-caliber handgun, several different calibers of ammunition and suspected marijuana in two bedrooms, the charging document said. The anti-withdrawal drug Suboxone was also found, the document said.

Morrisey had $4,000 in his possession, the charging document said. He gave agents an incorrect birth date, told them he did not know his Social Security number, said he had no criminal history and denied any knowledge of the firearms or marijuana, the document said.

Agents checked and found there was an outstanding warrant for Morrisey in Washington County and that he had five felony convictions in New Jersey between 1996 and 2011, the charging document said. The convictions included aggravated assault, two handgun offenses and two drug distribution convictions.

— Don Aines

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