August 6, 2016 |
A drug trafficking organization smuggled $23.2 million worth of cocaine from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic into Philadelphia and stored the drugs in a North Philadelphia warehouse, according to the state Attorney General's Office. Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane announced the arrest of six men at a news conference Thursday and said each had been charged with drug distribution, conspiracy, and related offenses. Three of the suspects - Francisco Severino-Ortega, 54, and Juan Rojas, 32, both of New York City, and Argenis Dioscoris Grullon, 37, of Allentown - were arrested after two vehicle stops at Lehigh and Trenton Avenues in Kensington during which authorities seized about 40 kilograms of cocaine, Kane said.
June 18, 2016 |
Salvador Lemus, a Mexican immigrant, picked mushrooms, fruits, and vegetables, and worked in landscaping for decades, to support his family. The work and age took a toll on his knees, so Lemus, a U.S. citizen, retired a few years ago. That, according to his attorney, is when the 67-year-old Chester County man started selling cocaine. Prosecutors countered that for 20 years, Lemus was the "kingpin" of a cocaine ring that moved $60 million worth of product from Philadelphia and elsewhere to customers throughout the region.
June 5, 2016 |
Andrew K. Davis, a Jamaican recording artist known as "Flippa Mafia" and "Flippa Moggela," was sentenced Friday to 25 years in a New Jersey state prison on drug charges, including his role in an international drug ring that shipped cocaine from California to New Jersey, the state Attorney General's Office said. Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley also ordered Davis, formerly of Swedesboro, to pay a $250,000 money-laundering penalty. Davis' sentence includes 12 years of parole ineligibility.
May 27, 2016 |
The final hours for Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny, a former America's Junior Miss scholarship winner from South Jersey, began when she left a New York City bar in the wee hours last Oct. 4 with HBO producer Marc Johnson, who had offered her cocaine, authorities said. A cab brought them to a building on West 16th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where Johnson's longtime friend - and alleged drug dealer - James Holder lived in a third-floor unit, federal authorities said. It was in this building that emergency responders later found Cerveny, a 38-year-old dermatologist and married mother of three young children, unconscious in the first-floor doorway.
April 24, 2016 |
Pennsylvania state police arrested 11 alleged drug dealers and issued warrants for four more Friday following a yearlong investigation into a cocaine trafficking organization at a Chester housing project. At a news conference at the state police Belmont barracks in Philadelphia, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the dealers - who range in age from 22 to 61 - sold between 1 and 3 kilograms of cocaine every week in and around the Ruth L. Bennett Homes. All defendants were charged with corrupt organization, narcotics violations, conspiracy, criminal use of a communications facility, and dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities.
April 7, 2016 |
A son of the late Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan has been indicted on a single count of drug possession for cocaine found in his car the day his parents died in 2014. Matthew Sheridan, 41, of Montgomery Township, Somerset County, had been arrested Sept. 28, 2014, after authorities searched his vehicle at the family's home and found cocaine and a scale in the car, according to law enforcement records. Early that morning, his parents were found dead, both stabbed, in the couple's master bedroom that intentionally had been set on fire.
January 24, 2016 |
A CHESTER COUNTY man has been charged with murder after he allegedly injected cocaine into his girlfriend in what he called a Romeo and Juliet-style suicide pact, then changed his mind after watching her die. Anthony Michael Noble, 27, of Phoenixville, is also charged with drug delivery resulting in death, tampering with evidence, and related crimes, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said. He was arraigned and remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility without bail awaiting a preliminary hearing in the case.
October 23, 2015 |
TWO LONGTIME Philadelphia narcotics officers retired from the force this week, after both tested positive for cocaine during separate random drug tests, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told the Daily News . A third narcotics officer in the same squad has been placed on desk duty as part of an unrelated Internal Affairs investigation concerning a confidential informant. Ramsey said he intended to fire the newly retired officers, Jimmy Gist and Leon McKnight, but they opted to leave the department first.
September 25, 2015 |
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
August 2, 2015 |
Two South Jersey men have been sentenced to state prison for their roles in an international drug ring that shipped cocaine from California to New Jersey, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Friday in Camden. The two were charged in January 2014 in connection with "Operation Next Day Air," which investigated the ring allegedly led by a Jamaican recording star, Andrew K. Davis, formerly of Swedesboro. More than $1.4 million in drugs, cash, and weapons were confiscated. Authorities alleged that the ring, which extended to Jamaica, used the U.S. mail and other parcel delivery services to send shipments of cocaine.