June 1, 2013 |
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.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
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.
May 4, 2013 |
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.
April 11, 2013 |
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.
April 3, 2013 |
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.
April 2, 2013 |
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.
February 5, 2013 |
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.
February 2, 2013 |
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.
January 10, 2013 |
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.