Fern Rock lawyer disbarred following drug and conspiracy conviction

Posted: August 17, 2014

A Fern Rock lawyer convicted in 2011 of accepting delivery of parcels containing 243 pounds of marijuana has been disbarred, the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board announced Friday.

Samuel Foley Jr., 62, had been suspended from practicing law since 2012 while he appealed his conviction. In February 2013, the Superior Court affirmed his drug and conspiracy conviction.

Foley could not be reached for comment.

According to the Disciplinary Board's report, on June 25, 2009, Foley signed for four boxes delivered to his North Broad Street law office by UPS.

The UPS driver was an undercover Philadelphia police officer working with the state Attorney General's Office, and the four parcels contained marijuana with an estimated street value of $486,000.

The board's report said Foley refused to identify the person for whom he accepted delivery or to cooperate with police.

Foley was convicted at a nonjury trial before Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge John J. O'Grady Jr., who sentenced him to 111/2 to 23 months of house arrest, five years of probation, and $2,743 in fines and costs.

The Disciplinary Board ruled that Foley had not accepted responsibility for the crime and had "blamed his conviction on others."

According to the board's report, Foley testified at his disciplinary hearing that "I never committed a criminal act. All I did was sign for a package that was delivered to the office."

Foley also argued that he had been "subjected to overzealous prosecution."

For almost a decade before his arrest, Foley was actively involved in the National African Religious Congress, which promotes education about African religions brought to the Western Hemisphere by enslaved Africans and certifies priests and priestesses of African religions.

According to his LinkedIn page, Foley is a priest of the LePeristyle Haitian Sanctuary.


jslobodzian@phillynews.com

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