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.
July 19, 2015 |
The head of a cocaine-smuggling operation that used US Airways baggage handlers to move the product through Philadelphia International Airport was sentenced Friday to 25 years in federal prison. Edwin Fernandez, 37, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in January just minutes before his case was set to go to trial on allegations that his operation smuggled more than 330 pounds of cocaine into the country from the Dominican Republic between November 2011 and July 2012. "We're talking about dozens of kilograms of cocaine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen McCartney said.
February 6, 2015 |
FOUR KINGSESSING schoolchildren were taken to a hospital as a precaution yesterday after they came into contact with crack cocaine, police said. Officers were called to Mitchell Elementary School, on Kingsessing Avenue near 55th Street, about 11:40 a.m. after a youngster alerted an administrator that he saw fellow pupils handling bags containing an unknown substance. Officers confiscated from an 8-year-old student eight packets of crack cocaine, Lt. John Walker, of Southwest Detectives, said last night.
November 13, 2014 |
SKILLMAN, N.J. - Hours after Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan and his wife, Joyce, were pulled from their fire-ravaged bedroom and pronounced dead Sept. 28, one of the couple's sons was arrested for cocaine possession, police records show. After authorities found cocaine in his car, Matthew Sheridan, 40, was arrested and charged with third-degree cocaine possession. Police also charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia. He lived at home with his parents. The arrest was not made public at the time by the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, which is handling the investigation into the Sheridans' deaths.
May 9, 2014 |
They were mothers, sons, sisters, and cousins, selling drugs in one of Camden's most dangerous neighborhoods, authorities said. The heroin, cocaine, and crack reached into Camden and beyond, spilling into Lindenwold, Gloucester City, and Sicklerville. It was sold out of Sheridan and Liberty Streets. On Wednesday - after three years of investigation - authorities launched what they called the biggest FBI drug takedown in Camden in a decade. They charged 22 people after using wiretaps, confidential informants, and tracking devices hidden on vehicles driven by suspects.
March 6, 2014
The recent capture of fugitive drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was rightly hailed for the level of cooperation it showed between the United States and Mexico. But it's doubtful that it will bring about any noticeable difference in the illegal drug trade. It's not just that others have been waiting in the wings for an opportunity to take over portions or all of the Guzmán organization's turf. It's that the fall of one kingpin isn't likely to topple the market so long as the demand from its biggest customer, the United States, continues to be huge.
January 23, 2014 |
Theirs was a love forged among the teeming throngs that pack the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Center's hallways. But the romantic relationship that bloomed when Robertito Fontan, a married police officer, met Elizabeth Sanchez, a mother of three facing drug charges, would eventually land both back in a courtroom. On Tuesday, federal prosecutors began laying out their case: that Fontan leaked sensitive information to his paramour during the four years they dated and eventually derailed a federal drug investigation.
October 6, 2013 |
WOODBURY "El Wingador" spent his last days of freedom putting his affairs in order. He had breakfast with his elderly mother, took his son to midget football practice, attended his daughter's soccer practice, and made a special dinner for his family. By the time he arrived at the Gloucester County Courthouse on Friday, Bill Simmons - five-time champion of the Wing Bowl competitive-eating contest - was prepared for the worst, but hoped for the best. "I've disappointed so many people on what I did. I just want them to know that I am so, so sorry," Simmons said in an interview before his sentencing.
July 31, 2013 |
YOU'D THINK THAT when Bill "El Wingador" Simmons was busted for cocaine possession, his face would've been covered in the stuff, as if the 6-foot-5 lovable glutton had just nose-dived into a big box of powdered doughnuts. But, no. The five-time Wing Bowl champ said in court yesterday that he'd been snorting only "a little bit" of coke when he was pulled over in Mullica Hill in June 2012 in his customized Kia Soul that touted his wing-eating prowess, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.