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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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June 22, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia men suspected of participating in a city drug ring have been charged with trafficking 250 grams of heroin, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Monday. Santos Javier Alvarez-Ruiz, 38, of Mayfair, and Felipe Fontanez-Burgos, 42, of Castor, were arrested earlier this month and each charged with conspiracy and a number of drug-related counts, Kane's office said. At a news conference Monday morning in Philadelphia, Kane said the seized heroin had a street value of about $85,000.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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August 4, 2016
A man who had been arrested for unrelated drug offenses has been charged with smuggling heroin into the Chester County Prison by hiding it in his dreadlocks, the District Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Jarrett Christopher Mason, 27, of Philadelphia, hid heroin in his hair when he was arrested in Phoenixville on July 15, according to county prosecutors. He then was transferred to the county prison. On July 19, another inmate said Mason was distributing heroin in the prison. When correctional officers told Mason to squat and cough, a bag of heroin fell from his rectum, according to the criminal complaint.
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July 2, 2016
Two Atlantic City firefighters were arrested last week after allegedly buying fake heroin from an undercover detective, authorities said. Eric Funk, 39, and Matthew Doherty, 33, would be suspended, said the Atlantic City Fire Chief Scott Evans, who said he was unaware of the arrest until Thursday. The state police got a tip the men were buying heroin near the fire station and set up a sting. Funk was in uniform when he allegedly paid $20 for the fake heroin. Doherty, who was not in uniform, allegedly exchanged a watch for the fake heroin because he did not have enough cash.
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June 26, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, STAFF WRITER
First responders in Chester County have received a grant from a health-insurance company to purchase naloxone, a drug that reverses the effects of heroin and opioid overdoses, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced Friday. Cigna donated $50,000 for Naloxone to the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association last year to distribute among local agencies. Philadelphia and Delaware County have received Cigna grants, and first responders in Chester County have restocked their supplies thanks to their share -- $7,500.
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June 24, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER lmccrystal@phillynews.com 610-313-8116 @Lmccrystal
An alleged drug dealer from Philadelphia has been charged with homicide in the drug-overdose death of a Montgomery County woman. Harold Robert Burton delivered four bags of drugs to Renee Winslow the night before she was found dead in her apartment in January, police said. Winslow thought she was buying heroin, according to text messages reviewed by police. But an autopsy found she had died of a fentanyl overdose. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 40 to 50 times more deadly than street-grade heroin, prosecutors said.
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June 22, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia men suspected of participating in a city drug ring have been charged with trafficking 250 grams of heroin, Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced Monday. Santos Javier Alvarez-Ruiz, 38, of Mayfair, and Felipe Fontanez-Burgos, 42, of Castor, were arrested earlier this month and each charged with conspiracy and a number of drug-related counts, Kane's office said. At a news conference Monday morning in Philadelphia, Kane said the seized heroin had a street value of about $85,000.
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June 13, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
"You're not going to shop there, are you?" Bobbie Lynn Riebel stood outside Johnnies Liquors in Bellmawr, where she'd been for two hours. Matthew Evans, 26, in town from Maryland for work, was on the doorstep, hand poised above the knob. "Is there another liquor store?" Evans asked. "Two lights down!" Bobbie Lynn and her husband, Don Riebel, said together, pointing. They've become accustomed to delivering the line. Evans headed off. Since Memorial Day, the Riebels have spent most weekday evenings and all day on weekends here, on the corner of West Browning Road and Princeton Avenue, directing patrons away from Johnnies.
NEWS
June 9, 2016
By Michelle Kichline Chester County is one of the wealthiest, one of the best educated, and yes, even one of the healthiest counties in the nation. But we are not immune to the heroin and opiate epidemic. We face the same crisis that is creating significant issues - and causing deaths - across Pennsylvania and America. Recently, Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh asked me to testify at one of his community meetings on the crisis - to confirm that prescription medications and heroin are as much a problem in places like Chester County as they are in Center City.
NEWS
May 31, 2016
A Luzerne County coroner is sounding a warning about a dangerous new type of heroin mixed with a powerful new synthetic substance that has killed at least 10 county residents this year. Coroner William Lisman told the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader newspaper that the designer derivative of the pain medication fentanyl, which is concocted in Chinese laboratories, is "significantly more powerful than heroin. " U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, (R-Pa.), has asked the Obama administration to pressure Chinese officials to halt export of the synthetic and others.
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May 29, 2016
The owners of a Bellmawr liquor store and two others have been charged in connection with drug activity at the store and a neighboring laundromat on Browning Road, authorities said Friday. Investigators targeted both locations during a months-long investigation and seized 74 bags of heroin, 25 bags of crack cocaine, 245 oxycodone pills, and $56,000 in cash, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. The owners of Johnnies Liquors on 834 W. Browning Rd. were charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
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May 24, 2016 | BY JASON NARK, STAFF WRITER
On a cold March morning in Columbus, N.C., Sean Harrington sat shackled in an antebellum courthouse and saw through the window a mountain stretched out like a vast wall. The wind rattled bare trees there on White Oak Mountain and whipped up the falls on Horse Creek as it flowed south toward town. The sky above the Polk County Courthouse had been swept clean of clouds and Harrington's family filed past an American flag that thrashed atop a pole. The tallest thing Harrington, 26, had ever seen on Hancock Street, 600 miles away in South Philadelphia, was a telephone pole, and depending how his day in court went, he knew he might be an old man before he saw that skinny block by I-95 again.
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