Retired Philly police sergeant sold weed from his house, cops say

Raymond Goldenberg
Raymond Goldenberg
Posted: February 14, 2013

A N EX-POLICE sergeant's second career - allegedly dealing high-grade marijuana - stopped paying off for him last week, when he was busted after supplying pot to a man he met on Craigslist who then sold it to an undercover officer, police say.

The drugs, cash and guns confiscated at the stately Northeast Philadelphia home of ex-cop Raymond Goldenberg, 60, are valued at more than $60,000, police said - more than the former lawman's $52,840 salary in 2002, his last year on the job, according to city payroll records.

Authorities were led to Goldenberg after a narcotics officer found Jeffrey Simon, 48, a seller who allegedly got his supply from Goldenberg, on Craigslist.org. The officer made a series of buys of weed from Simon, according to court documents.

Undercover cops first met Simon, of Lafayette Hill, on Jan. 31, when Simon offered to meet them at a Pep Boys on Ridge Avenue in the city's Andorra section and sell a quarter-ounce of hydroponic marijuana for $125, court documents say. The officers allegedly went on to make two more buys from Simon.

Police said that on Tuesday, they arranged to buy a quarter- pound of pot from Simon and watched him meet with a man in a black Corvette - later identified as Goldenberg - to pick up the product before the deal.

Cops conducted surveillance of the Corvette, according to court documents, which led them back to Goldenberg's single house with a manicured lawn on Loney Street near Tabor Avenue, in a tidy Burholme development.

On Thursday, cops searched the property and allegedly found a stash of about five pounds of hydroponic weed with a street value of $20 per gram, 45 grams of hash valued at $1,800, a jar of hash oil, three scales, two handguns and more than $14,000 in cash.

Goldenberg is accused of having the pot shipped to him from California and then selling it out of the house.

A judge last week set bail for Goldenberg at $250,000 on charges including possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime. He's scheduled for a Friday court hearing.

Simon was also charged with possession with intent to distribute.


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