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April 23, 2005 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A former city worker was ordered yesterday to stand trial on charges that he used a city van to deliver crack cocaine. Municipal Court Judge William A. Meehan Jr. ordered Idris Enlow, 39, of Princeton Avenue, arraigned May 13. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fromm argued that Enlow, an employee of the Mayor's Office of Community Services who worked cleaning up vacant lots, ran a complex web of drug stash and packaging houses....
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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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June 1, 2011 | By Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - A year ago, a drug dealer caught with 50 grams of crack cocaine faced a mandatory 10 years in federal prison. New rules have cut that to as little as five years, and thousands of inmates not covered by the change are saying their sentences should be reduced, too. "Please make this situation fair to all of us," prisoner Shauna Barry-Scott wrote from West Virginia to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, which oversees federal sentencing guidelines....
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December 22, 1999 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some truckers arriving at the Food Distribution Center area in South Philadelphia last night had more on their agendas than work, police said. They wanted to buy crack. Narcotics officers were happy to accommodate them. Standing at Seventh Street and Pattison Avenue in biting cold for several hours, two undercover officers had $10 bags of something that looked like crack cocaine for sale. Before the well-orchestrated sting was over, nine truckers had been arrested and their tractors confiscated.
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October 26, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A raid on a Levittown apartment complex has netted police three suspected crack-cocaine dealers. A woman whom police identified as a target of gunfire two months ago at another apartment complex here also was arrested during the raid. Charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver, delivery, and criminal conspiracy were Darren Lee Roberts, 23, Isaac Marshall, 18, and Jermaine Ugono Blount, 23, all of Trenton. Elizabeth Ann Abare, 36, who police said currently has no permanent address, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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September 26, 1998 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A three-month undercover investigation into crack cocaine trafficking at one of Philadelphia's most notorious drug corners peaked yesterday with the arrest of 17 people and the confiscation of drugs, money, cars and firearms, police said. Those arrested, police said, included the "corner boss" at Franklin and Butler Streets, the targeted intersection, and numerous street sellers. Police said they expected to make at least 12 more arrests. According to investigators, a raiding party of 80 officers made up of plainclothes police from the Narcotics Bureau along with K-9 and SWAT officers fanned out about 8 a.m. yesterday in the Hunting Park, Fairhill and Oxford Circle neighborhoods.
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July 18, 1999 | By Karen E. Quinones Miller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was Monday afternoon. Bennie Swans, once head of one of the city's best known antiviolence organizations, drove his car through North Philadelphia, a few blocks from where city workers were boarding up crack houses. The family dog, Caesar, was in the backseat as Swans, 49, cruised up Germantown Avenue, headed home to West Philadelphia. Swans knew these streets well. He had spent more than two decades on them, confronting gang leaders. But Swans wasn't thinking about the past as he neared the corner of Ninth Street and Germantown Avenue.
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March 20, 1998 | By Linda Loyd, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bennie Swans, former head of anti-gang and anti-drug organizations in Philadelphia, will be ordered into a pretrial probation program for six months to two years for allegedly buying two packets of crack cocaine on a street corner last month. Swans, 49, who was arrested Feb. 5 after an alleged drug buy on Beaumont Street at 58th, near his Baltimore Avenue home, will be admitted into the district attorney's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program, known as ARD. Swans was scheduled to be in court yesterday, but was ill with a virus, said his attorney, Ronald J. Pressley.
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September 2, 1994 | By John Way Jennings and Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The alleged killer was 15 years old. The boy who brought him the gun was just 11. The killing was over a nasty remark, and a Pennsauken man's offer to trade toy remote-control trucks for crack cocaine in the middle of the night. That is how authorities say Stephen M. Quattrochi, 29, of Pennsauken, was slain outside a Camden housing project on Aug. 20. The 15-year-old was charged yesterday with robbing him of the toy trucks and murdering him. Camden County Prosecutor Edward F. Borden Jr. said his office intended to prosecute the 15-year-old as an adult.
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June 30, 2005 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A suspected drug dealer choked to death yesterday after swallowing a crack cocaine stash while running from police, authorities said. The incident, which began as a drug bust in West Philadelphia, triggered a confrontation between a crowd of bystanders and police. Several people said that police had beaten and strangled the suspect. Inspector William Colarulo said officers tried to clear the man's air passages and pump his stomach after it became clear that he was choking.
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April 1, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 53-year-old Philadelphia man is among the 61 drug offenders whose sentences were commuted by President Obama on Wednesday. Vernon Harris was serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in October 1995 to one count each of possession of crack cocaine, carrying or using a firearm in relation to a drug-trafficking offense, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Before 1995, Harris had three convictions for felony drug-trafficking offenses. In the case that sent him to prison for life, Harris sold cocaine to undercover officers, and that led to a raid at his home, where officer found drugs, a large amount of money, and a .25-caliber pistol.
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March 25, 2016 | STAFF REPORT
An investigation is underway to determine how a 3-year-old girl was able to get her hands on and swallow an unknown amount of crack cocaine at a West Philadelphia day care center. The incident occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday the Work of Learning Early day care center on 52nd Street near Haverford Avenue, police said. Police credited a center worker with getting the child quickly to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia after she saw the girl gnawing on a packet with a white residue.
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March 20, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Five members of a Chester drug-trafficking organization that officials said had a "choke hold" on the city's east side were convicted Friday of conspiring to distribute illegal narcotics, ending a nearly monthlong trial. It took Philadelphia federal-court jurors more than three days to affirm prosecutors' assertions that Donald Womack Sr., Paris Church, Ronell Whitehead, Breon Burton, and Spencer Payne had conspired to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine and heroin, including within yards of schools and a playground.
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August 16, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia jury on Friday found a 22-year-old South Philadelphia man guilty of first-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend after she said she was pregnant with his child. The Common Pleas Court jury of six men and six women returned its verdict against Aaron Fitzpatrick in its fourth day of deliberations, finding him guilty of shooting of Tiffany Gillespie, 24, in 2012. The jury, which on Thursday indicated it was deadlocked on all but two charges, also found Fitzpatrick guilty of third-degree murder in the death of the 5-month-old fetus Gillespie was carrying, and two firearms counts.
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August 10, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
AARON FITZPATRICK had more to be angry about than the claims that he was the father of Tiffany Gillespie's unborn child. In the days before Gillespie, 24, was killed, she sent Fitzpatrick several texts, requesting drugs and threatening to kill him, according to a statement Fitzpatrick gave investigators on Feb. 16, 2012. The texts were ticking him off, he said. "She said I was going to die at the end of the week," Fitzpatrick said. The statement was read in court yesterday by homicide Detective John Harkins during Fitzpatrick's murder trial.
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February 27, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
FORMER TORONTO mayor Rob Ford is trying to cash in on the memoribilia market. Ford, who went on well-publicized drug- and alcohol-fueled binges while mayor, is auctioning off the NFL team logos tie he wore when he announced he had smoked crack cocaine in November of 2013. The tie is one of manny items he has posted on eBay. As of last night, the highest bid on the neckwear was $7,772.72 Canadian, or $6,223.15 in U.S. currency. A description of the tie on the website reads: "This is the original piece, not a reproduction - there is only one of these in existence.
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February 7, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paramedics took four students from Mitchell Elementary School in Kingsessing to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to be evaluated Thursday after the youngsters passed around bags of what police said was crack cocaine. Police said that a 13-year-old sixth-grade boy brought 16 bags to school and gave them to an 8-year-old boy to hold until the end of the day. The younger student took the bags to his classroom and showed them to two other boys in his class. One of the boys sniffed the bag, and the other informed the school counselor.
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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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July 25, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE McDONALD'S employee took a company slogan, "You deserve a break today," to a whole new level by dealing crack cocaine in the restaurant's parking lot while he was working, Radnor Township police said yesterday. Allen Trammell, 29, a cook at the McDonald's on Lancaster Avenue near Gallagher in the Wayne section of Radnor Township, allegedly sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer in the fast-food joint's parking lot four times since June, Radnor police Lt. Andrew Block said.
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July 25, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.
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