Local hip hop artist William Pierson went on trial this morning for drug-related charges following a police raid on his home in the summer of 2008.
Pierson, who goes by the name Jon-C, is charged with two counts of possession of crack cocaine and marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Court was told this morning that Pierson, 32, had been the subject of police surveillance, believed to be selling drugs out of his home in the 300 block of Church Avenue.
The police raid was triggered by information provided to police by a registered informant.
Pierson had tried to get the search warrant thrown out during a hearing in March but Justice Douglas Abra upheld the warrant.
The trial, before a judge alone, is expected to last three days.
Pierson is also facing drug charges from a raid on another home in November 2012. A hearing on those charges is set for a hearing in December.
Court was told this morning that police found 35 rocks of crack cocaine and a bag full of marijuana in Pierson's home.