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NORRISTOWN — A judge sentenced a Pottstown man to a period in jail and some probation after the man admitted to illegal drug activity in the borough.

Dominique Paul Gilzene, 26, of the 400 block of Walnut Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver heroin in connection with an August 2019 incident in the borough.

Judge William R. Carpenter, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Gilzene to complete one year of probation following parole, meaning Gilzene will be under court supervision for about three years.

As part of the plea agreement, Gilzene will receive credit for time he spent in jail between Aug. 13, 2019, and April 27, 2020.

An investigation began about 11:46 a.m. Aug. 13, 2019, when Pottstown police conducted a traffic stop of a Nissan sedan, operated by Gilzene, for an alleged expired registration as the vehicle was traveling westbound on Beech Street near North Hanover Street, according to a criminal complaint.

In court papers, police said Gilzene was taken into custody after a records’ check determined there were active summary warrants for Gilzene’s arrest.

A subsequent search of Gilzene revealed a bundle of 10 bags of suspected heroin, according to the criminal complaint filed by Pottstown Police Officer Ryan Guth. Police alleged the suspected controlled substances were packaged in the manner which is consistent with how illegal drugs are usually sold.

“There were no factors that would lead an experienced officer to think it was not heroin/fentanyl,” Guth alleged in court papers.

A search warrant also was obtained for the vehicle, which uncovered a small sandwich-type bag containing white powder, suspected cocaine, which was found underneath the driver’s seat, according to the arrest affidavit.

The substances were submitted to a lab for analysis, court papers indicate.

Court papers also indicate that police obtained a warrant to search the contents of Gilzene’s cellphone and uncovered multiple drug-related conversations.

Other charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving an unregistered vehicle were dismissed against Gilzene as part of the plea agreement.

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