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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.
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January 23, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 6, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 31, 2013 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 1, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas and Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writers
Strolling through airport security with what might have appeared to be normal accessories for a Jamaican vacation - a few pairs of strappy wedge sandals - a Camden woman didn't seem so normal to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Philadelphia International Airport. After pulling aside Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, for a check of her baggage Thursday afternoon, customs officials said, they found more than four pounds of cocaine stuffed inside the wedge parts of three pairs of shoes.
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May 31, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
NOW THOSE were some pumped-up kicks. Customs and Border Protection officers at Philadelphia International Airport were hot on the heels of a Camden woman who allegedly tried to smuggle 4 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica to Philadelphia in her shoes Wednesday. There's no indication whether Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, was flying high on cocaine, but police say the passenger packed three pairs of women's shoes with cocaine hidden in the heels before boarding her flight. Perez made it onto the flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, with no problem, but after landing in Philadelphia about 4:30 p.m., she was referred to a routine secondary search by Customs and Border Protection officers, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
NEWS
May 25, 2013
Ruling: Arizona was profiling PHOENIX - A federal judge has ruled that the office of America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically racially profiled Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols. The decision Friday by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow marks the first finding by a court that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office racially profiles people. It also backs up allegations made by critics that Arpaio's officers rely on race in their immigration enforcement.
NEWS
May 4, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lawnside man was sentenced to 23 years in state prison Friday for illegally possessing guns, cocaine, and prescription drugs. Reginald V. Brown, 37, who was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden, had been found guilty by a jury in February of five criminal counts, according to a spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office. After obtaining evidence that Brown was selling cocaine, state police searched his Gloucester Avenue home and found a cooler pack holding two semiautomatic pistols, a revolver, and a .38-caliber teargas pen gun containing a rifle bullet.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman likened the drug operation in Camden's Morgan Village section that resulted in the arrests of seven people Tuesday to a "drive-through restaurant. " "You call ahead, you could order something. You could walk up or you could drive off the highway, pick up stuff, drive around the block and get right back on the highway," he said in an interview Tuesday about the drug set, easily accessible from Interstates 676 and 76. He added: "Like a restaurant, they had a pretty broad menu.
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