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KINGSTON — A man from Lehigh County on parole for a 2003 homicide in Allentown was one of two men arrested by Kingston police who allegedly found a large amount of heroin and two handguns in their vehicle early Thursday morning.

Police said Braemar Parrish, 28, of Allentown, used his state prison identification card to identify himself to officers during the traffic stop on Market Street just before 3 a.m.

More than 250 heroin packets, a bag containing loose heroin, 12 individually wrapped bags of methamphetamine, two scales, packaging material, a loaded .40 caliber handgun, a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition were allegedly found in the Lincoln driven by Parnell Charles Riddick, 25, of Bethlehem, police said.

Parrish and Riddick were charged with various drug trafficking allegations. Riddick was further charged with firearm offenses.

Parrish and Riddick were arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker in Nanticoke and were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $500,000 and $250,000 bail, respectively.

Records from the state Department of Corrections say Parrish was committed to state prison in July 2004 to serve a six to 12 year sentence for a January 2003 homicide in Allentown. He has been released on parole several times only to be recommitted to prison for violations. Parrish was last paroled in October 2013.

Police stopped Riddick for driving a vehicle with excessive window tint. During the traffic stop, an odor of marijuana was detected from the vehicle that was rapidly swaying due to movement inside the car, according to the criminal complaints:

Police seized the vehicle allegedly finding the heroin and methamphetamine and handguns during a search, the complaints say.

The .45 caliber handgun was reported stolen to state police at Avondale, police said.

Preliminary hearings are scheduled for Wednesday before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.

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