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July 19, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 6, 2015 | BY SOLOMON LEACH & VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writers leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
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.
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November 13, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Barbara Boyer, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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May 9, 2014 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
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.
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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.
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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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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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