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April 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A man who ran a cocaine distribution ring with his brother out of a Wayne barbershop was sentenced Monday to 18 to 36 years in state prison. Montgomery County Court Judge William R. Carpenter issued the sentence after a jury found Michael Dennis, 36, of Wayne, guilty in January of 19 charges, including multiple felony drug charges. The drug operation that Dennis and his brother, Anthony, 41, ran out of a barbershop on Upper Gulph Road had customers in Montgomery and Chester Counties and Philadelphia, said Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A man who, with his brother, ran a cocaine distribution ring out of a Wayne barber shop, was sentenced Monday to 18 to 36 years in a state prison. Montgomery County Judge William R. Carpenter issued the sentence after a jury found Michael Dennis, 36, of Wayne, guilty in January of 19 charges, including multiple felony drug charges. The drug operation that Dennis and his brother, Anthony Dennis, 41, ran out of a barber shop on Upper Gulph Road had customers in Montgomery County, Chester County and Philadelphia, said Montgomery County assistant district attorney Jason Whalley.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Sam Wood, PHILLY.COM
The reputed "five-star general" of a South Jersey gang that distributed vast amounts of cocaine, heroin and PCP in South Camden today pleaded guilty to racketeering in connection with the drug ring. Kyle "Whop" Ogletree, 29, of Cherry Hill was leader of the G-Shine Bloods and allegedly ran the organization with his Philadelphia-based uncle. Before Superior Court Judge Samuel D. Natal in Camden, Ogletree admitted he led the enterprise that distributed the drugs and that he personally distributed large amounts of cocaine and PCP, according to New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa.
SPORTS
February 2, 2013 | Breaking News Desk
Bill "El Wingador" Simmons, the competitive chicken-wing eater, has been indicted on drug charges related to a cocaine arrest last year. The indictment was unsealed Thursday - the day before the Wing Bowl where he made his name as a minor Philadelphia area celebrity. Simmons, 51, of Woodbury Heights was indicted for four counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of manufacturing or distributing of more than five ounces of cocaine, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County murder suspect out on bail admitted on Wednesday in federal court to trying to purchase 13 kilograms - more than 28 pounds - of cocaine that he intended to distribute in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Jamal Herrin, 40, who authorities said lives in Clementon, also admitted to rounding up more than $325,000 to purchase the cocaine. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez in Camden to one count of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, authorities said.
NEWS
December 11, 2012 | By Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
SAN DIEGO - An acclaimed architect was sentenced Monday to six months in prison for hiding nearly 13 pounds of cocaine in his minivan's battery before he tried to enter the United States. A federal judge ordered the unusually light punishment after Eugenio Velazquez contended that drug traffickers threatened to kill him if he refused to carry the cocaine. Velazquez, 51, embraced his smiling wife, daughters, and supporters outside court after being told to report to prison Jan. 11 to begin the sentence in federal custody, followed by six months of home confinement.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Maddie Hanna, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The driver charged in the Nov. 13 crash on Bustleton Avenue that killed two men tested positive for numerous drugs -- including heroin, morphine and cocaine -- when his blood was drawn two hours after the crash, a Philadelphia prosecutor said this morning. Robert Brenzenger, 33, also tested positive for marijuana, and the prescription drugs alprazolam, and zolpidem, Assistant District Attorney John Doyle said this morning during a preliminary hearing in Philadelphia Municipal Court, where Judge Patrick Dugan ordered that Brenzenger continue to be held pending trial.
NEWS
October 14, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Criminal investigations can be oddly serendipitous, leading agents in unpredictable directions. Take the case of Angel Maldonado. When U.S. Postal Service inspectors tracked a package of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Maldonado's North Philadelphia home in April 2010, they believed they were closing in on a drug dealer. But they also discovered clues to a fraud that ultimately collapsed the Borinquen Federal Credit Union, an established North Philadelphia institution, and led to the arrest of its manager.
NEWS
October 13, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Criminal investigations can be oddly serendipitous, leading agents in unpredictable directions. Take the case of Angel Maldonado. When U.S. Postal Service Inspectors tracked a package of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Maldonado's North Philadelphia home in April 2010, they believed they were closing in on a drug dealer. But they also discovered clues to a fraud that ultimately collapsed Borinquen Federal Credit Union, an established North Philadelphia bank, and led to the arrest of its manager.
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