Drug dealer faces new charges

As convicted drug dealer Christopher S. Mullen hid in his attic at 408 Anthony St. on Wednesday morning, state parole agents saw in plain view a shotgun and a handgun in his living room, city Patrolwoman Debra Wasilauski said in affidavit.

Both weapons were loaded, police said.

It was unknown at the time if Mullen, 31, might have been armed with a third firearm as he hid in the attic’s crawlspace, police said.

A lengthy standoff, which began about 10 a.m., continued for nearly the next five hours until Mullen surrendered and was “extracted” from the double home at 406-408 Anthony St. After he was in custody, police obtained and then executed a search warrant, seizing both firearms as well as a bag of cocaine that also was discovered in the living room.

Members of the city police department’s Special Response Team and the U.S. Marshals Office assisted at the scene.

A woman who lives at the house with Mullen told police she had “seen him with guns at the house, including two handguns and a long gun,” and that none of them belonged to her.

Initially jailed in the Lycoming County Prison on a state parole violation, Mullen has since been arraigned before District Judge Allen P. Page III on charges of convicted felon not to possess a firearm, resisting arrest, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was recommitted in lieu of $250,000 bail.