Wissinoming man gets 14 years in drugs, gun case

Posted: June 20, 2012

WHEN COPS arrested Michael Doebley in October 2005, he possessed keys that opened the front door to a rowhouse on Homestead Street near Milnor, federal prosecutors said.

Inside the house, cops found 15 firearms, thousands of grams of heroin, crystal meth, cocaine and other drugs, and even a stick of dynamite, court papers said.

Doebley, his brother Joseph and a third defendant, Edward Stern, were indicted in September 2006 on drug-conspiracy, distribution and related firearms offenses.

But Michael Doebley, 32, formerly of Wissinoming, wasn't sentenced until Tuesday, when he received a 14-year term. He has been in federal custody since 2006.

In April 2008, U.S. District Judge Juan Sanchez threw out much of the evidence seized by authorities that was used to indict the three men, on grounds that investigators lacked probable cause for search warrants. Prosecutors appealed the case to the 3rd Circuit in July 2008, and the judge's ruling was overturned in 2010.

All three men pleaded guilty in October 2010 to drug and firearms offenses.

Stern and Joseph Doebley were given prison terms of 30 and almost 22 years, respectively, in 2011. n

Contact Michael Hinkelman at 215-854-2656 or hinkelm@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @MHinkelman.

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