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Police say pot complaint leads officers to felon hiding gun

P'burg man convicted of robbery in 2004

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police investigating a drug complaint said they happened upon a convicted felon who stashed a handgun under a mattress after officers knocked on the apartment door.

Rafael D. Boundurant, of the 500 block of Roseberry Street in Phillipsburg, is facing weapons and drug offenses following his arrest Saturday night. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 29-year-old, setting bail at $100,000.

Boundurant was released from Lehigh County Jail Monday after posting bail.

Allentown police were dispatched to an apartment in the 200 block of North Ninth Street about 6:45 p.m. Saturday for reports that the people inside were smoking pot. When they arrived, officers reported a “very strong odor” of marijuana as soon as they walked through the front door of the building, according to court records.

Police said the smell only became stronger as they walked up to the second floor.

Police knocked on the door, and the people inside the apartment could be heard spraying air freshener. When the apartment’s tenant opened the door, officers spotted a bag of pot in plain sight, and a man later identified as Boundurant could be seen quickly walking down the hallway toward a bedroom.

Boundurant allegedly told police that he hid a bag of marijuana inside a pair of pants in a laundry basket. A search of the apartment also turned up a Bryco 9mm handgun hidden under a mattress in the bedroom from which Boundurant emerged, according to court records.

Police said the gun’s serial number had been obliterated, and that Boundurant had been found guilty in 2004 to a robbery charge.

Police charged him with illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license, possessing a firearm with an altered serial number and possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Boundurant’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 6. He’s also scheduled for a March 17 preliminary hearing on unrelated charges filed by Allentown police that include reckless endangerment, fleeing police and six summary traffic offenses.

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