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Animal Services call turns into drug, gun charges

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An Animal Services investigation landed a New Hanover County in jail on drug and gun charges.

New Hanover County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the Animal Services Unit showed up to 4217 Parmele Road to take custody of two dogs and four puppies due to a dangerous dog violation. The Vice and Narcotics Unit were also on scene to assist because of suspected drug paraphernalia around and inside the home.

Brewer says detectives obtained consent to search the home and found 31 bags of heroin and a .22 caliber pistol inside. The animals were still in need of veterinary care and living in unacceptable conditions.

Mishawna Rembert, 25, is charged with possession of firearm by a felon, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute heroin.

The animals were turned over to the Animal Services Unit, which is currently working with the District Attorney's Office to try and increase the misdemeanor animal cruelty to a felony.

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