Kevin Lee Courts

Kevin Lee Courts

NORRISTOWN — Authorities investigating a Hatboro man’s alleged violation of state deer hunting regulations bagged something unexpected when they searched his home — illegal drugs, including methamphetamine, and packaging supplies — leading them to accuse him of being a drug dealer, according to court papers.

Kevin Lee Courts, 42, of the 300 block of Windsor Avenue, was arraigned recently before District Court Judge Paul N. Leo on charges of possession with intent to deliver controlled substances, possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with an alleged Nov. 16 incident at his residence.

Courts remains free on $75,000 bail while awaiting his Dec. 18 preliminary hearing on the charges.

According to Montgomery County prosecutors, on Nov. 11, Upper Moreland police responded to a wooded area in the 2500 block of Horsham Road to investigate a report of an individual allegedly hunting near an apartment complex. Responding officers found three white-tailed deer that had been shot and killed with archery equipment in violation of Pennsylvania Game Laws, according to prosecutors.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission launched an investigation of the alleged unlawful killing or taking of big game, court documents indicate. That investigation led state game wardens to obtain a warrant to search Courts’ Windsor Avenue residence on Nov. 16, according to an arrest affidavit.

“The warrant authorized the search for and seizure of the remains of white-tailed deer, firearms, ammunition, crossbows, arrows, bows and other tools and implements used to process deer carcasses,” authorities wrote in the affidavit of probable cause.

As state Game Commission officials conducted the search they observed suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash and firearms “in plain view in a bedroom inside of the residence,” according to a criminal complaint. That find led police to obtain a second warrant to search the residence and two vehicles linked to Courts for controlled substances.

During the expanded search, police seized approximately 48.6 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 254 oxycodone pills, 23 individual packages of marijuana, 16 vials of suspected anabolic steroids and various other pills, including Clonazepam and Diazepam, according to the arrest affidavit.

On top of Courts’ dresser police found “a wad of money wrapped together by a rubber band,” consisting mostly of hundred-dollar bills, totaling $5,681, according to the arrest affidavit.

A black handgun loaded with a magazine was found setting on a rocking chair and a loaded assault-style rifle was observed leaning against the wall in Courts’ bedroom, authorities alleged.

Authorities also seized notebooks or ledgers containing numerous names and money amounts associated with the names, commonly known as “owe sheets” for drug dealers, according to the arrest affidavit. A scale also was found in the residence, detectives said.

“The large amount of drugs, large amount of money associated with the drugs and the drug paraphernalia recovered and seized from the defendant’s residence display multiple indicators that the defendant is a drug dealer and possessed these illegal drugs with the intent to deliver and sell the drugs in this commonwealth,” detectives alleged in the arrest affidavit.

The suspected methamphetamine was field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine, detectives said. All of the drugs seized were sent to a laboratory for further testing, court papers indicate.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s investigation of potential Game Law violations is continuing, according to authorities.

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