Father And Son Arrested On Drug Distribution Charges Two Kilograms Of Cocaine Were Seized. Haverford Police Say The Drug Bust Is The Largest They Recall.

Posted: June 27, 1995

HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP — A father and son were arrested Sunday after police saw them pick up a package containing two kilograms of cocaine from a Havertown doorstep. The men were each charged with two felonies and several other misdemeanors related to the distribution of drugs.

Haverford Township police said the amount of cocaine made it the largest such bust they could recall. The value of the seized drugs was not immediately known.

On Saturday afternoon, township police and members of the state police Region 9 narcotics strike force delivered the parcel to the house in the 500 block of Washington Avenue, following a joint investigation in which they intercepted the package at the Sharon Hill Federal Express depot and found it contained the cocaine. It was not clear to whom the package was addressed and authorities would not say how they learned it contained drugs.

Police watched the residence overnight, and on Sunday at 1 p.m. apprehended the suspects as they drove from the house with the package.

Arrested were Robert Federa Jr., 30, of the 7300 block of Bunting Place in Philadelphia, and his 57-year-old father, who lives in the 2800 block of South Smedley Street in Philadelphia. Both were sent to Delaware County Prison yesterday after failing to post 10 percent of the $250,000 bail.

Township police said they were still preparing an arrest warrant yesterday afternoon for house resident Robert Jordan.. Investigators entered the duplex on Sunday evening and gathered documents that may be related to the case, Haverford Sgt. John Walsh said.

After questioning by police, both father and son said they knew the package contained the drugs, according to affidavits filed with the township district justice. Federa Jr. told police he "was in the business of selling cocaine," the documents said.

In searching the Federas' car, police found a film canister containing rock cocaine, a tally sheet used to track drug sales, more than $5,000 cash, and two cellular phones that they determined were programmed to bill calls to an unwitting customer.

Police also found a handgun in the car. Federa Jr. told police he was permitted to carry the gun because he was a Philadelphia policeman and produced identification that satisfied investigators at the time.

Upon later investigation, township police learned that Federa Jr. was a part-time security officer for the Philadelphia School District. A school- safety official said that because of summer recess, no decision would be made on his employment until the district conducted its own inquiry.

At the time of arrest, both the father and son granted police the right to search their homes. At the Southwest Philadelphia home of Federa Jr., Haverford and Philadelphia police found $6,600 cash, drug paraphernalia, and 12 firearms.

At the father's house, police found an additional ounce of cocaine, a digital scale, and $3,000 cash. Philadelphia police have not filed charges against either of the Federas.

Several neighbors said that the news of the bust had cast a pall on the quaint Washington Avenue cul-de-sac and that they had never suspected any illicit activity at the house.

Jordan, a self-employed painter, has lived there for nearly three years. His wife left in January, but their two children remained, residents said.

"I never thought I'd live to see that in this neighborhood," said one resident. "It gives me an eerie feeling looking at that house."

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