An arrest affidavit said that on June 11, the informant called defendant Robert Whitfield and asked him to help him get in touch with "Person No. 1," who the informant knew robbed drug dealers.
The informant told Whitfield on June 19 that he had a friend who knew where they could steal a large amount of cocaine, the arrest affidavit said.
When the informant said he wanted Person No. 1 to handle the robbery, Whitfield allegedly said: "Let me do it. I can knock it out, son. ... I do everything, man. ... It don't matter if he in or not, but I'm going in and getting that s---."
The arrest affidavit said that a week later, on June 27, the informant, Whitfield and another man, Person No. 2, discussed a stash house where at least 10 kilograms of cocaine could be stolen. Whitfield allegedly planned details of the robbery, including the use of a bullet-resistant vest, police jackets, plastic zip ties and making the victims lay on the ground, and allegedly mentioned several successful home invasions that he and his accomplices previously committed.
Whitfield and Person No. 2 met Wednesday morning with seven other men to go over final details of robbing the stash house, authorities said. They traveled in a five-car caravan to a house near 61st Street and Passyunk Avenue to pick up a van to use in the robbery about 9 a.m., officials said. That's when ATF agents swooped in.
Also charged were Najee Murray, Kenneth Parnell, Marlon Graham, Lafayette Rawls, Jamie Dales, Kareem Long and Frank Thompson. All were charged with attempted Hobbs Act robbery and related offenses. Parnell also was charged with attempted possession of 10 kilos of coke. If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory-minimum five years in federal prison.
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