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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.
NEWS
September 17, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Chester drug addict accused of injecting heroin into a kitten was sentenced to time served in jail, parole and community service Tuesday for choking and kicking the animal. Chester County Common Pleas Judge Phyllis Streitel also ordered James P. Myers to complete drug and alcohol evaluations. The judge cited the "sick and disturbing scene" police discovered on Aug. 3, 2014, when an officer found the animal unresponsive with a rope around its neck and head trauma lying next to Myers' car. The car contained dozens of needles, hundreds of empty heroin baggies and a box of cat feces, prosecutors said.
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May 13, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
A Chester County mother arrested in October for injecting her 14-year-old daughter and another teenager with heroin was sentenced this week to 41/2 to 10 years in prison. Jessica Lynn Riffey, 34, of West Caln Township, pleaded guilty Monday in Chester County Court to four counts of delivery of heroin and one count each of endangering the welfare of children and conspiracy, the case's prosecutor said. In addition to prison time, Riffey was placed on five years' probation. Under the plea agreement, the prosecutor said, she plans to testify against her boyfriend, Jameson Burn, who police said supplied heroin and drug paraphernalia to Riffey and the teenagers.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
Goldie and Gladys. Gladys and Goldie. Their lives and their hospital volunteer work have been as intertwined as their names. (The short version: For a while in childhood, Goldie Block was called Gladys, a popular name of the day. And the name on Gladys Cutler's birth certificate is Goldie.) For upward of six decades, they have worked to raise funds for the Women's League for Medical Research, formed in 1951 to benefit the Albert Einstein Medical Center. While other groups may garner larger grants, this group of mostly women, led for much of the time by Goldie and Gladys, worked dollar by dollar, through bingo fund-raisers and annual ad books, to raise $2.8 million for cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal care.
NEWS
April 7, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
The decaying vacant house at Ella and Stella Streets sits just across from Hope Park in West Kensington's bustling heroin bazaar. Outside the back door are a half-dozen spent syringes, some with the needles severed off. Inside, dozens of white syringe wrappers form a snowcap on a layer of deep brown mud and a kaleidoscopic sprinkling of trash. The ground-floor windows are boarded up, making Officer Jeff Stauffer's flashlight the only beam of light to pierce the quiet darkness inside.
NEWS
March 24, 2016
Two Camden men pleaded guilty Tuesday to operating a heroin ring in the city, authorities said. Jose O. Fortuna, 40, and his nephew, Wilson Fortuna, 26, pleaded in Superior Court in Camden to distribution of heroin, the state Attorney General's Office said. Jose Fortuna, who also pleaded to maintaining a heroin production facility, ran a drug mill inside his home in the 300 block of North 41st Street in Camden, where Wilson Fortuna obtained the drug, authorities said. Investigators raided the home in 2013 and found $30,000 in cash and cutting tools.
NEWS
March 23, 2016
An alarming increase in drug-overdose deaths is finally putting more focus where it's needed - on suburban and rural communities once considered immune from addiction problems more typically associated with America's inner-city neighborhoods. Pennsylvania, which ranks first in the nation in drug deaths among young men and third overall nationally, has become a battleground. University of Pittsburgh researchers say overdose deaths in the state increased 14-fold between 1979 and 2014.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The Bucks County police officer who was jolted by power lines during a drug bust Tuesday is recovering - and not for the first time. Tuesday's incident at the Doylestown SEPTA station, which happened when the officer climbed atop a train to retrieve an alleged bag of drugs, turned out to be the second injury in the line of duty for Morrisville Borough Police Cpl. Michael Pitcher. On Valentine's Day 2015, Pitcher was struck and almost run over by a Levittown man fleeing a 7-Eleven parking lot in a stolen car. Pitcher shot the driver, Matthew Shipe, once in the chest.
NEWS
February 25, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
Taken by a SEPTA camera, the video is shocking. It shows a young man, surrounded by a dozen other riders on an afternoon bus in Delaware County last week, shooting heroin into his arm. Then he slips into a daze and collapses on the floor. Minutes later, police and paramedics bound aboard the bus, administer the drug Narcan, and revive the passenger. Upper Darby police released clips of the video Tuesday, an unusual step designed to highlight both the potentially devastating effects of the heroin epidemic and the lifesaving steps responders now regularly employ.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV CRITIC
It's no secret this country has a drug problem, and not just with the kind peddled on street corners to vacant-eyed addicts. Do we also have a pain problem? Many of our TV shows are brought to us by products with fanciful names promising relief from ailments large and small, and, perhaps most of all, from pain. And as PBS's Frontline reports Tuesday in a two-hour presentation, Chasing Heroin , it's the search for pain relief - as well as for profits - that helped lead to a national problem with heroin that's not always fully acknowledged.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
Stratford police said Wednesday they found 560 pouches of heroin in a man's car after he was stopped on Friday for speeding. Stacey S. Upshaw-Goree, 22, of Lindenwold, was charged with speeding and possession of heroin after being stopped around 2:30 a.m. near Warwick Road and Temple Avenue. He was also charged with driving while intoxicated after officers determined he was under the influence of alcohol, police said. The heroin's street value was $10,000, police said. Investigators also discovered an additional 77 pouches of heroin in a secret compartment in the dashboard.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, STAFF WRITER
The heroin seized during a traffic stop in King of Prussia last month represented one of the largest drug seizures in Montgomery County history, authorities said. And they found it in an unlikely place: a car battery. But the three kilograms allegedly stashed in David Pacheco's battery were just a fraction of the drugs officials say he transported and delivered for distribution along the East Coast. At a news conference Wednesday, District Attorney Kevin Steele said Pacheco, 44, of East Norriton, traveled often to Georgia to swap his car battery for one manufactured in Mexico - and specially fitted with an extra compartment to hide the heroin.
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