13 charged in alleged drug ring Police seized 50 pounds of methamphetamine, $700,000, and dozens of weapons - which they link to the Warlocks motorcycle gang.

Posted: July 01, 2005

Thirteen people have been charged in what authorities are calling a large, "home-grown" methamphetamine drug ring with links to the Warlocks motorcycle gang in Bucks County and Philadelphia.

Police seized more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine, more than $700,000 in cash, and an "arsenal" of more than 61 weapons - including handguns, rifles and assault weapons - and two homemade explosives, state Attorney General Tom Corbett said.

"To our knowledge, this is the largest seizure, here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, of methamphetamine in a long time," he said at a news conference at the Bensalem Township police headquarters yesterday.

Operation Zurlock, as he called the investigation, involved wiretaps of 18,000 phone calls and simultaneous searches of 20 locations, including several homes and a storage locker at 700 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, where many of the weapons were kept.

The sting began in January with undercover agents making purchases of the drug. In March, the court authorized wiretaps, and in June the case was brought before an investigative grand jury.

Investigators gleaned much of their information from tapping the cell phone of suspect David "Hoppy" Hopkins, 44, who authorities said sold meth and prescription drugs out of his truck repair shop on the 3000 block of Castor Avenue in Philadelphia to support his own meth addiction.

Also arrested was Thomas Zaroff, 33, of the 3900 block of Richmond Street in Philadelphia, who authorities said is the president of the local Warlocks chapter.

Another Warlock member, Patrick "Rags" McMenamin, 61, of the 9300 block of Vandike Street in Philadelphia, was identified as one of the ring's leaders.

Hopkins testified before the grand jury that he had bought a quarter-pound of meth from McMenamin every 15 to 20 days for the last 2 1/2 years, authorities said.

Only one out of the 13 suspects charged yesterday remains at large: John Kelly, 55, of the 1200 block of Spencer Drive in Croydon; he is a Warlocks member who helped McMenamin obtain and distribute meth, authorities said.

Other suspects from Philadelphia include: Michael "Bedpan" Keeley, also known as Daniel Gerberry, 46, of the 4800 block of Knorr Street, who allegedly sold meth for McMenamin when he was away; Joseph "Canada Joe" Englehardt, 55, of the 9234 block of Leon Street, allegedly one of McMenamin's customers; Charles Felix Jr., 45, and Diane C. Pierson, 40, who allegedly sold meth to Hopkins from their home on the 4800 block of Knorr Street; and two of Hopkins' alleged customers, Barry M. Feldman, 57, of Delair Landing, and Carol Lento, 46, of the 8700 block of Perch Lane.

Arrested in Bucks County were John T. Ehresmann Jr., 39, of Hickory Lane in Levittown, who worked at Hopkins' truck repair shop and allegedly helped distribute drugs when Hopkins wasn't there; and two of Hopkins' alleged customers, Boyd L. Benner, 48, of the 100 block of Reading Avenue in Langhorne, and John S. Moscufo, 38, of the 4700 block of Hatfield Street in Bristol Township.

Twelve suspects were arraigned yesterday in Bensalem before District Judge Leonard J. Brown. They will be prosecuted in Bucks County by Deputy Attorney General Kishan Nair.

Contact staff writer Leslie A. Pappas at 215-702-7822 or lpappas@phillynews.com.

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