A North Philadelphia drug kingpin got a life sentence Tuesday in federal court for running a large-scale trafficking organization that involved his wife and mother-in-law.
Alexander "Reds" Rivera's gang operated in a troubled Kensington neighborhood between February 2006 and September 2010.
The gang controlled drug distribution in and around the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Lawrence Street as well as in other areas of Philadelphia.
Rivera, 30, obtained cocaine, crack, heroin and PCP that he and his codefendants then peddled on the street. The indictment charged 17 defendants, all of whom pleaded guilty, except for Rivera and his wife.