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Monroe teen facing various drug counts

Published January 31. 2012 05:01PM

A Monroe County teen is facing various drug related charges following an investigation that began as a domestic incident.

Pocono Mountain Regional police Emmanuel DelCastillo, 19, of 112 Lower Notch Rd., in the Indian Mountain Lakes Community, in Tobyhanna, is facing multiple charges.

According to police on Jan. 23 about 8:19 a.m. officers were dispatched to DelCastillo's home for a report of a domestic assault. On scene DelCastillo was placed under arrest after officers determined he assaulted his girlfriend, the mother of his newborn child.

While on scene the investigation revealed that DelCastillo was involved in drug dealing. A search warrant was obtained for the property.

Police said they found bulk quantities of high grade marijuana in the home. Bulk packages of marijuana were located and found concealed within a Gerber baby backpack/satchel along with a digital scale and a .25-caliber handgun that was loaded. Also found was a box containing numerous additional rounds of .25-caliber ammunition.

The marijuana was found in seven different bags ranging from approximate weights of a couple of grams to half ounce and ounce size baggies, as well as one almost full gallon size baggie of marijuana containing several ounces, all of which has an estimated street value of almost $9,000.

Police said they also seized a 2001 Acura and a 2003 Audi sedan belonging to DelCastillo which the investigation revealed was use to faciliate his drug dealing.

Because of DelCastillo's age, he cannot lawfully possess or conceal a handgun, police said. Additionally, a further investigation revealed DelCastillo is disqualified from lawful possession of handguns in the state.

DelCastillo was initially charged with simple assault and harassment for the domestic incident and was arraigned before District Judge Anthony Fluegel, of Tobyhanna, and placed in the county prison in Snydersville, in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Following the search of the home DelCastillo was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, persons not to possess firearms, carrying firearms without a license, criminal use of a communication device, all felonies; possession of instruments of crime, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors. He was arraigned before Fluegel and remanded back to the county prison in lieu of $75,000 bail.

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