Man convicted; tattoo helped identify him

Posted: July 26, 2013

A 27-year-old man was convicted Wednesday on drug distribution charges after being identified, in part thanks to a distinctive neck tattoo, as the seller in an undercover drug bust.

Delance Samuels of Baird Avenue was convicted of cocaine possession, possession with intent to distribute, and related charges. Sentencing is set for Sept. 13.

Dennis Kille, a police officer of 13 years, testified that he had reached out to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office for assistance in a drug bust on a street known for being a drug distribution site.

An undercover detective from the Prosecutor's Office arranged a deal in May 2011, allegedly received two bags of cocaine from Samuels, then notified Kille by radio a description of the seller, including of a neck tattoo of the seller's own name.

Kille arrived on the scene within 20 seconds, he said.

Samuels' clothes matched the undercover officer's description. Kille wasn't close enough to read the tattoo, but said he had known of Samuels "since I began working in Paulsboro."

The tattoo was shown to the jury, helping identify Samuels as the man who sold the cocaine to the undercover officer.


Contact Jonathan Lai at 856-779-3220, jlai@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @elaijuh.

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