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UPDATE: Rochester man accused of selling heroin charged in court

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester man arrested for selling heroin to an undercover narcotics officer has now been charged.

Willie Perry, 53, was made his first appearance in Olmsted County Court Friday. He is charged with five counts of sale of drugs. Four of those are in the third degree, and one is in the second degree. 

Police Lt. Casey Moilanen said Perry was arrested at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday at 423 Northern Heights Drive NE.  Police said they obtained a warrant to search the home after Perry sold heroin to an officer posing as a buyer in January and again in March.  Lt. Moilanen said officers confiscated materials that might have been used in drug sales, and that Perry had 1.1 grams of heroin in his possession.

"During the course of this search we did find a scale, we found a traffic ticket with the name of the person we arrested... drug paraphernalia that tested positive for cocaine," said Lt. Moilanen.  "We found residue on a dinner plate that tested positive for heroin."

A woman was in the home at the time the search was executed; she tells KTTC NewsCenter that Perry did not live there but that he was homeless and usually stays somewhere else.

"I am in the Christian community," the woman said.  "I always try to help a lot of people out in time of need.  I can't walk past them if they're hungry.  He said he was sober."

Perry's next court appearance is set for June 23.

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