Armed heroin dealer enters a guilty plea

A Philadelphia man who distributed heroin and cocaine while armed with a Ruger revolver at 937 Hepburn St. pleaded guilty in U.S. Middle District Court to possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and distribution of heroin and cocaine.

Judge Matthew W. Brann Tuesday accepted the plea of Alonzo Owens, who was in the narcotics trade in the city and other areas.

Owens used city locations, including the Hepburn Street address, to process, store and keep drugs and to store and keep materials for processing, repackaging the drugs for distribution and sale, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey MacArthur.

Owens possessed a firearm, ammunition and other paraphernalia such as digital scales, packaging materials and cellphones in furtherance of narcotics distribution.

A grand jury indictment alleged that on or about Dec. 23, 2014, in Lycoming County, Owens, in relation to distributing heroin and cocaine, was in possession of the revolver, and on Jan. 25, in Carbon County, and elsewhere, Owens was in possession of 100 grams and more of heroin. Owens must forfeit a minimum of $7,320 and the gun.

Sentencing has been scheduled for another time.