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Delco man draws state prison time for weapons charge in Limerick


By Carl Hessler Jr., chessler@21st-CenturyMedia.com

Monday, March 24, 2014

NORRISTOWN — A Delaware County man is facing time behind state prison bars on a weapons charge stemming from a 2012 incident in Limerick.

Zakee T. Rembert, 21, of the 300 block of Beverly Boulevard, Upper Darby, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to three-to-six years in state prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of person not to possess a firearm in connection with the March 2012 incident. Judge Gary S. Silow imposed the sentence as part of a plea agreement.

An investigation began about 8:53 p.m. March 27, 2012, when Limerick police stopped a Chevrolet Cobalt near the entrance to the Costco store at 14 Lightcap Road for an alleged moving violation as well as an equipment violation, including overly-tinted windows and swerving, according to a criminal complaint. When a police officer approached the vehicle, which was operated by a female, he detected the scent of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, according to the arrest affidavit filed by Limerick Police Officer Timothy DiGregorio.

When an officer was attempting to identify the three occupants of the vehicle, the rear passenger, later identified as Rembert, gave information that could not be verified with a records check, according to the criminal complaint.

After the front passenger, whose information also allegedly didn’t check out, was taken out of the car, police asked the rear passenger, Rembert, to exit as well, court papers indicate. Rembert allegedly pulled away from the police officer, stumbled on a curb, and then ran toward the Costco, according to the arrest affidavit.

Police gave chase in their squad cars and observed Rembert running through a field toward Evergreen and Lightcap roads, according to court papers. A police officer eventually was able to detain Rembert across the street from the dirt field.

After he was detained, police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from Rembert, according to the criminal complaint. Rembert was placed in one police car but transferred to another at the original scene of the car stop. After Rembert was transferred, police allegedly discovered 13 individual packages of a “green, vegetable-like substance” that later tested positive for marijuana, according to court papers.

Additionally, after a search of the field Rembert allegedly ran through, a .22-caliber Ruger revolver was recovered, loaded with six hollow-point rounds of ammunition, according to the arrest affidavit. In a criminal complaint, authorities alleged Rembert was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm.

Other charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possessing marijuana, resisting arrest and giving false identification to authorities were dismissed against Rembert as part of the plea agreement.

However, Rembert, who also listed an address along Hartranft Avenue in Norristown, also pleaded guilty to a retail theft charge in connection with a June 3, 2013, incident at a Lord & Taylor store in Upper Merion. The judge sentenced Rembert to three years’ probation in connection with the incident.

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