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February 6, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
IN A BEAT-UP maroon Toyota Corolla, Carol Rostucher drives slowly up Kensington Avenue, the street of tortured souls lost in heroin's handgrip. She scans the young faces, the ones with the faraway eyes of self-disgust. One of them might be her son, Drew, a handsome 25-year-old. He was her first-born, once an athletic, artistic "social butterfly. " She knows he is out here. "As long as he's breathing, there is hope," she says. Garbage bags filled with blankets, hats, gloves and feet warmers cover the back seat.
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July 24, 1991 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Staff Writer
In his hot bedroom on North Fourth Street, Tomas "June" Vasquez lay naked and sweating just after dawn yesterday. A shotgun lay under his bed, but he did not bother to retrieve it. As Vasquez awakened, narcotics agents burst into the bedroom and roused him from his slumber. They did not have to break down the door of the brick rowhouse. They merely knocked, and his wife let them in. It was a surprisingly ginger arrest for a man labeled the number-one target of what the U.S. Attorney's office called the largest single federal narcotics roundup ever in Philadelphia.
NEWS
January 13, 1995 | by Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
For more than a year, a drug ring peddled $3.75 million worth of heroin in a Kensington neighborhood. Yesterday, the suspected suppliers and dealers got busted. Federal, state and local agents swooped down with indictments and arrest warrants around the neighborhood of A and Somerset streets. Altogether, 27 were indicted by a federal grand jury. By noon, all but 10 were in custody. "This is not the arrest of one dealer," U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles said at a press conference.
NEWS
June 16, 1986 | By Christine M. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
Gerald J. Kauffmann, 39, was bound over for trial last week on charges of possession and sale of controlled substances during a preliminary hearing before District Justice James W. Speers. The case of Kauffmann, a resident of the 2000 block of Spring Mill Road in Whitemarsh, goes to Montgomery County Court. Similar charges against Kauffmann's wife Donna, 30, and brother-in-law, Ronald, 34, both of the same address, were dismissed during the proceeding Thursday after four witnesses failed to appear.
NEWS
July 24, 1987 | By JIM SMITH and KITTY CAPARELLA, Daily News Staff Writers
For six days, Roland "Pops" Bartlett behaved in a manner befitting a monarch. Bartlett, long thought to be an "untouchable" kingpin in the drug world, remained calm and businesslike as he listened to former top aides Darryl Cherry, Lorenzo Werts and others testify against him in his trial in U.S. District Court. Wearing smoked aviator glasses and impeccably tailored conservative business suits, Bartlett heard how he wielded violent power in running the "most lucrative, long-running, undetected" heroin empire, which he called "The Family," in North Philadelphia, Germantown and nearby counties.
NEWS
December 20, 1991 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden city man was caught trying to smuggle 10 bags of heroin concealed in a paperback book to an inmate at the Camden County Jail, authorities said yesterday. Joseph Czarnecki, 19, of the 2000 block of Howell Street, was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of heroin and possession with intent to distribute. He was being held in the Camden County Jail yesterday after failing to post $7,500 bail. Sgt. Philip J. Dollarton, a spokesman for Camden County Sheriff William J. Simon, said that at 6 p.m., Czarnecki walked up to the visitors' desk and presented a corrections officer with a set of long underwear and a copy of Mario Puzo's novel The Fourth K for delivery to an inmate.
NEWS
February 1, 2001 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
North Philadelphia restaurateur Pedro Jiminez yesterday was sentenced to 14 years in prison, without chance of parole, by U.S. District Judge William H. Yohn Jr., for trafficking in heroin. Jiminez, 32, a Dominican national, ran El Esfuerzo, a popular neighborhood restaurant on Lehigh Avenue, his lawyer said. He was convicted by a jury in September of being part of a group that supplied more than 2.2 pounds of heroin to dealers in the area of 2nd Street and Lehigh Avenue, a neighborhood targeted for drug sweeps in Operation Sunrise.
NEWS
August 4, 1988 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
A Burlington City man who supplied a fatal batch of heroin to a 16-year-old Arkansas girl was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison. Patrick R. Courtney, 32, of the 800 block of Route 130, was the first person charged in Burlington County under a new state law that makes a drug supplier liable if someone dies as a result of using the drugs. "I'm very sorry that it all happened," Courtney told Burlington County Superior Court Judge Cornelius P. Sullivan before he was sentenced.
NEWS
March 9, 1999 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Federal drug enforcement agents have charged two New York men with attempting to smuggle $500,000 worth of heroin to three drug rings operating in Camden. The suspects, Paul Rivera, 39, of the 1500 block of Fulton Avenue in the Bronx, and Jorge L. Agudelo, 36, of Elmhurst, were arrested late last week on drug distribution charges. Rivera posted $500,000 bail and was released yesterday after a brief hearing in U.S. District Court in Camden. Agudelo was denied bail. The arrests capped a five-week investigation of the two men, Detective Fred Davis of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said yesterday.
NEWS
May 10, 2004 | By Mark McDonald INQUIRER FOREIGN STAFF
Heroin producers in Afghanistan, some of the principal financiers of al-Qaeda and other terrorists, have never been so brazen or so wealthy. With a bumper crop of opium poppies under cultivation, Afghan narco-barons have begun stamping their brand names on the 2.2-pound bags of heroin they smuggle out of Central Asia to buyers in Moscow, Amsterdam, London and New York. Sacks of high-quality Afghan heroin seized last week in Tajikistan carried the trademarks Super Power and 555. Some of the sacks, hidden inside foil-lined containers of instant cappuccino mix, even included the addresses of the labs in Afghanistan where the heroin had been refined.
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January 30, 2016
Delaware County police will become the first in the state to carry the new FDA-approved nasal spray version of Naloxone, the lifesaving antidote to heroin overdoses. District Attorney Jack Whelan will join police from around the county at a news conference Friday at 1 p.m. to make the official annoucenment. The gathering will take place in Ridley Township where police were first in the state to use Naloxone, or Narcan, after Gov. Corbett signed a law allowing officers, usually the first on the scene, to carry the drug.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2016 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
Can Kamala Khan help save the world - or at least help make it more peaceful and understanding? Don't laugh. As fear of Islamic extremists has risen in the United States following recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., the first Muslim character in mainstream superhero comics to carry her own title is growing in popularity. Ms. Marvel , the character's alter ego, has been a consistently best-selling title in an increasingly crowded marketplace still dominated by decades-old characters.
NEWS
December 24, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
Last Christmas, Ruben Rivera slept in the backseat of his father's pickup truck in Kensington with nothing to keep him warm but the heroin in his pocket. If his father had found him tucked away in his truck in the Christmastime cold, Ruben does not think he would have invited him inside. That goodwill had long ago disappeared. Ruben doesn't blame him. By last Christmas, Ruben, 55, had been living on the streets of Philadelphia for eight years. He had been living on heroin for much longer.
NEWS
December 23, 2015
A Montgomery County couple has been arrested for drug trafficking after police found $13,000 worth of heroin in their homes. Melissa Griffin, 21, and Dashawn Smith, 25, both of Pottstown, had 1,291 bags of heroin, more than $5,000 in cash, a taser, and five cell phones in two residences that police searched in Pottstown and Stowe. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced their arrests Monday following a nearly month-long investigation. Police were first called to the Stowe residence on Nov. 28 after receiving a report that Smith had burglarized the residence and held a gun to the head of Griffin, then identified as his ex-girlfriend.
NEWS
December 19, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
A Montgomery County woman was sentenced Thursday to five to 10 years in prison for injecting her 15-year-old daughter with heroin. Patricia Davenport gave her daughter the drug to snort in their Harleysville home, drove her to Philadelphia to buy drugs, and injected the girl and the girl's boyfriend with heroin, prosecutors said. "Sure, you gave me shelter and food and most basic necessities," the daughter wrote in a letter read by a victim advocate at the sentencing hearing in Norristown.
NEWS
December 11, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
BELOW THE faded, purplish track marks on Melissa's pale inner arms are Latin words etched in black that mean "To Know Yourself Without Regret. " Not that the 41-year-old Rhawnhurst mom of three, who expects to lose her nursing license for the second time, is without remorse. She has plenty. Melissa long ago lost custody of one daughter, who is now 20. Daughter Mady, 8, was born irritable and jittery, with tremors and diarrhea, all symptoms of methadone withdrawal. During pregnancy, Melissa had taken doses of the synthetic opiate at a clinic instead of chasing a heroin high on the street.
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December 11, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
DR. LORETTA Finnegan's crusade was born in the winter of 1969 when she was a young pediatrician working in the intensive-care nursery of the now-defunct Philadelphia General Hospital. She was stabilizing a premature baby girl and noticed that the infant was shaking uncontrollably. She remembered a tip from a professor: If a baby is shaking, check the mom for tracks, because she might be addicted to heroin. Finnegan went to the nurses' station and asked to see the mom. "The nurse told me, 'She's gone.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2015 | Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
David Tischman [who once authored the "Poster Child" feature for the Daily News ] has had a long career in writing comics that spans both work at Vertigo and IDW, but his latest venture is his most personal, ambitious yet - and available only on the web! "Heroine Chic" (art by Hong Kong-based Audrey Mok) is set in a New York populated by superheroes. However, rather than focusing primarily on heroic battles between superpowered characters, Tischman's creation follows the life of fashion designer Zoe Porter, after she lands a job with famous and renowned costume designer Dyna Cuff.
NEWS
November 30, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. - They met halfway between their heartaches, in a bar by a river near the Chesapeake Bay, two fathers and a mother bound together by death but determined to rise above it. By society's standards, Peter Bruun should not have been sitting next to Michael and Michele Harrington in Coakley's Pub here after driving up from Baltimore, and the couple should have been wary of driving down from their South Philly home to meet him....
NEWS
November 25, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THIS IS A CASE of mother-doesn't-know-best. An expectant mom who was busted Friday for dealing heroin on the streets of Upper Darby was found to be in possession of 232 bags of the deadly drug and a fully loaded .38-caliber revolver with an obliterated serial number, according to police. Now, the young woman who is preparing to bring life into this world is at the center of a death investigation because Upper Darby police said that the labels on some of her bags of heroin matched the label found on a bag of heroin that was discovered in the pocket of a man who fatally overdosed from the drug the previous day. "She is a purveyor of death," Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said of the suspect, whom he identified as 22-year-old Patience Gonzalez.
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