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 in federal court on Wednesday that he tried to buy 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 buy the 13 kilograms of cocaine. He pleaded guilty before U.S. District 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.
December 11, 2012 |
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.
November 29, 2012 |
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.
October 14, 2012 |
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.
October 13, 2012 |
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.
September 6, 2012 |
MIAMI - Griselda Blanco, the drug kingpin known for her blood-soaked style of street vengeance during Miami's "cocaine cowboys" era of the '70s and '80s, was shot to death Monday in Medellin by a motorcycle-riding assassin. Blanco, 69, spent nearly two decades behind bars in the United States for drug trafficking and three murders, including the 1982 slaying of a 2-year-old boy in Miami. Called the "Godmother of Cocaine," she was deported in 2004 to Colombia, where she maintained a low profile.
August 29, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. - Authorities say that a New Jersey letter carrier used her mail route to courier packages of cocaine for Puerto Rican drug traffickers. Christina Nunez is charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, and mail theft. The 30-year-old from Lyndhurst, at an initial appearance Tuesday in federal court in Newark, didn't enter a plea. She has been released on $100,000 bail and will be subject to electronic monitoring. Nunez's boyfriend also has been arrested and charged.