Two men face drug, gun charges

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Two men arrested after nearly 1,500 bricks of heroin were found in a Mount Washington home will stand trial on drug and gun charges, a judge ruled Thursday afternoon.

James Perrin, 35, and Price Montgomery, 33, were arrested June 8 as part of an “upper-level heroin trafficking” investigation by the state attorney general’s office. In an Audi occupied by Montgomery and Perrin, agents found a backpack with 125 bricks on heroin. Inside the home, they found more heroin, four assault rifles, two shotguns and 10 handguns. They also found jewelry, Cuban cigars and a live chicken. The chicken was not referenced during Thursday’s hearing.

Attorneys for Perrin and Montgomery asked District Judge Anthony Ceoffe to dismiss most of the charges against their clients, arguing that there wasn’t enough evidence tying the men to guns and drugs in the home in question. Judge Ceoffe declined to do so. He also declined to increase bail for the men, as requested by the prosecution. Perrin and Montgomery have posted bail at $185,000 and $125,000 respectively.

The Mount Washington home is owned by former Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend, now a quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State University. The school released a statement that the men arrested were not on the lease and that Mr. Townsend was not associated with the activities at the property.

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