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July 22, 2013 | By Susan FitzGerald, For The Inquirer
Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ever since her birth 23 years ago, a team of researchers has been tracking every aspect of her development - gauging her progress as an infant, measuring her IQ as a preschooler, even peering into her adolescent brain using an MRI machine. Now, after nearly a quarter century, the federally funded study was ending, and the question the researchers had been asking was answered.
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September 3, 1997 | By Rachel Smolkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Amid sobs from the families of two young men, a Chester County Court judge yesterday sentenced one to prison for causing the death of his friend. On Oct. 28, Keith Hawkins 2d, 17, died in a car crash, a passenger in the vehicle his friend, Sterling Vanderslice 3d of Linfield, was driving. A toxicology report showed cocaine in Vanderslice's blood on the day of the crash. In July, Vanderslice, 21, pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and related charges. Judge Leonard Sugerman yesterday sentenced Vanderslice to 14 to 28 months in prison.
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November 20, 2009 | By George Anastasia INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two-Face was stoned-faced yesterday as a federal jury in Camden delivered a verdict that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. Juan "Two-Face" Rivera-Velez, 35, showed no reaction as the jury foreman announced four consecutive guilty verdicts, capping nearly eight days of deliberations in a high-profile narcotics trial in U.S. District Court in Camden. Rivera-Velez, nicknamed after his face was disfigured in an auto accident several years ago, was charged with carrying out one murder and attempting a second for convicted Camden drug kingpin Raymond Morales.
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July 11, 1986
While I agree with the conclusion of Richard Cohen's July 1 Op-ed Page article "Len Bias' killer is no mystery man," I must take issue with his knowledge of Bess' character in Porgy and Bess. Although lovely, Bess is hardly innocent. She is called a "liquor guzzling slut," she has difficulty with her divorce from Crown because they are unmarried, she is seduced by Crown after taking up with Porgy, and she has a prior history of using cocaine. Sportin' Life leaves an envelope of cocaine for Bess, with the comment, "Nobody ever gave up happy dust.
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August 17, 1989 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Cocaine worth $1.8 million on the street was seized and two people described as major drug suppliers in the Kensington and Hunting Park areas were arrested last night after a raid on an apartment in Juniata Park, police said. Cpl. James Newman of the Narcotics Unit's special investigations squad said the 8:10 p.m. raid on the apartment in the 1400 block of East Bristol Street followed a month of investigation and surveillance. Seized were two suitcases containing 18 kilograms - about 40 pounds - of cocaine in brick form, along with two handguns and small amounts of jewelry and cash.
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February 6, 1986 | By JACK McGUIRE and SCOTT FLANDER, Daily News Staff Writers
Federal, state and local authorities raided a North Philadelphia discount store yesterday afternoon where people were actually standing in line to buy cocaine with either cash or stolen merchandise, police said. Following that raid, they went to a boarded-up property nearby and confiscated enough allegedly stolen merchandise to almost fill up a medium- sized truck, police said. James Wolfe, 32, of 30th Street near Huntingdon, was arrested in the Lehigh Discount store at 30th Street and Lehigh Avenue and charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance.
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August 25, 1992 | By Larry King, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Colombian men, one of whom is a retired police officer, were held by federal marshals yesterday, accused of trying to deal 22 pounds of cocaine in Philadelphia last week. William Lozada, 41, and Augustine Gonzalez, 36, both of Cali, Colombia, were arrested early Friday in the 4600 block of North Fifth Street, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced yesterday. The men were arrested after driving a box filled with 10 plastic packets of cocaine from New York to Philadelphia, DEA officials said.
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June 20, 1991 | By Wendy Walker, Special to The Inquirer
A raid at a Chester County mobile home netted six ounces of cocaine and 10 roosters believed to be used in cockfights, according to state police at the Avondale barracks. Evangelina Garcia and Carlos Santos Torres, both 37, were arrested at the home on the east side of Route 796 in the Kelton section of Penn Township at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The pair, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and conspiracy, were arraigned before District Justice D. Richard Muth in West Chester and were sent to Chester County Prison after failing to post $150,000 cash bail each.
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December 14, 1986 | By Ann Marie Escher, Special to The Inquirer
State, county and local police served a search warrant at a house in the 1300 block of Copeland School Road in West Whiteland Township on suspicion of narcotics. The warrant was served at 2:55 a.m. Dec. 6 as the residents returned home. Joining in the search were West Whiteland and West Chester police, state police from the Region II strike force, the Chester County detective strike force and narcotics agents. Police said about 1/2-ounce of cocaine, with a street value of $600, and a loaded .38-caliber revolver were found in the suspects' car during the search.
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April 16, 1987 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nearly 4 1/2 pounds of cocaine with a street value of about $1 million was discovered inside four hollowed-out reference books mailed to the Romance languages department of the University of Pennsylvania, narcotics investigators said yesterday. The discovery was made Friday by a graduate student in the language department's mailroom who noticed that the box containing the four books had been opened previously. Each of the hollowed-out books contained a plastic-wrapped package of the illegal drug, police said.
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August 6, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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June 18, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
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.
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June 5, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
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.
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May 27, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
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.
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April 24, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
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.
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April 7, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
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.
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January 24, 2016 | BY MARI A. SCHAEFER, Staff Writer
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.
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October 23, 2015 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
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.
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September 25, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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)
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August 2, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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