Dou­glass (Mont.) man faces jail on weapons charge

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter

NOR­RIS­TOWN » A Dou­glass (Mont.) man has ad­mit­ted to il­le­gally car­ry­ing a 9 mm hand­gun and a springloaded knife in Pottstown and is on his way to jail.

John Charles Al­bert­son II, 34, of the first block of Wind­ward Drive, was sen­tenced in Mont­gomery County Court to 11½ to 23 months in the county jail, to be fol­lowed by three years’ pro­ba­tion, after he pleaded guilty to charges of firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense and pro­hib­ited of­fen­sive weapons in con­nec­tion with a Novem­ber 2015 in­ci­dent out­side the McDon­ald’s restau­rant on East High Street.

Judge Todd D. Eisen­berg also or­dered Al­bert­son to for­feit all his weapons to county de­tec­tives.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Al­bert­son be­gan about 8:43 p.m. Nov. 13, 2015, when Pottstown po­lice were dis­patched to the McDon­ald’s for a re­port of a male al­legedly so­lic­it­ing drugs on the south side of the restau­rant. When po­lice ar­rived they en­coun­tered Al­bert­son at­tempt­ing to en­ter a gray Honda truck and reach­ing to­ward the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

“For of­fi­cer safety I asked Al­bert­son to step back out of the ve­hi­cle to which he obliged. Dur­ing my con­tact with Al­bert­son he ap­peared ner­vous and shaky,” Pottstown Po­lice Of­fi­cer An­thony Fis­cher al­leged in the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing by po­lice, Al­bert­son re­vealed he had a firearm on him and agreed to be searched.

“I re­cov­ered the firearm which was hid­den in Al­bert­son’s waist­band be­neath his hooded sweat­shirt,” Fis­cher al­leged. “It should be noted that the firearm was loaded with a round cham­bered.”

Al­bert­son ad­mit­ted he did not have a con­cealed carry li­cense.

When po­lice searched Al­bert­son’s ve­hi­cle they found three spring-loaded knives, a 9 mm hol­low point bullet and al­leged drug para­pher­na­lia, in­clud­ing a scale con­tain­ing mar­i­juana residue and a glass smok­ing pipe, ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint. A search of Al­bert­son un­cov­ered a small bag con­tain­ing metham­phetamine and a small bag con­tain­ing Xanax.

Al­bert­son al­legedly re­ferred to the crys­tal metham­phetamine as “speed,” ad­vis­ing it was his and that he “snorts it,” ac­cord­ing to the crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Al­bert­son also was charged with pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine, drug para­pher­na­lia and a small amount of mar­i­juana but those charges were dis­missed in exchange for Al­bert­son’s guilty plea to the weapons-re­lated charges.

“I re­cov­ered the firearm which was hid­den in Al­bert­son’s waist­band be­neath his hooded sweat­shirt. It should be noted that the firearm was loaded with a round cham­bered.” — An­thony Fis­cher, Pottstown po­lice of­fi­cer

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