Cops arrest surgeon in South Philly drug bust

Posted: December 02, 2013

Update, March 24, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has confirmed that charges against Andrew Collier have been dropped. A spokeswoman for the D.A.’s office declined to provide a reason why they were dropped.

A LOCAL SURGEON was among four people who were arrested earlier this week in connection with a drug raid in South Philly.

The bust went down about 4:40 p.m. Tuesday inside a rowhouse on 30th Street near Mifflin.

When narcotics cops barged inside the property, they found Andrew Collier allegedly sitting at a table and writing prescriptions, said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.

They also found $740 worth of marijuana and $425 worth of barbiturates in the house, Russell said.

Collier, 61, of Moorestown, N.J., is listed as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Philadelphia Orthopaedic Associates, on Broad Street near Ritner.

He was charged with possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver.

Police also arrested Alexander Palmisano, 51, and Steven Feldsher, 48, who were both inside the rowhouse and charged with the same offenses as Collier.

The officers found $110 and two empty pill bottles on Palmisano, Russell said. Feldsher, meanwhile, allegedly had two clear baggies with marijuana and seven pills, along with $225 in cash, Russell said.

According to court records, another man, Phillip Chestnut, 51, was also locked up and charged with possession of marijuana.

According to the website for Philadelphia Orthopaedic Associates, Collier has affiliations with Hahnemann University Hospital, Jefferson University Hospital-Methodist Division, Saint Agnes Continuing Care Center and Wills Surgery Center.

The office for the Orthopaedic Associates was closed yesterday.

"We were not aware that he was arrested. He is on staff at Jefferson," said Shannon Loftus, a public relations coordinator for Jefferson.

A spokeswoman for Hahnemann did not return a request for comment.

A man who answered the phone last night at a number listed with Collier's Moorestown, N.J., home told a reporter that he had contacted the wrong person.

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