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July 16, 1988 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer
"I want and need Lil & the kids," reputed Philadelphia mob member Ralph "Junior" Staino wrote in a diary last year, days after he fled the city to avoid prosecution for drug trafficking. "Being alone is definitely not for me . . . And this is just the beginning," added Staino, whose alleged criminal escapades and longtime romance with showgirl Lillian Reis titillated the city's newspapers in the late 1950s and 1960s. Staino was on the lam for seven months before FBI agent Charles Warner tracked him down in January in a posh Caribbean beach house in Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic.
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July 3, 1988 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer Correspondent Theresa Conroy contributed to this story
Bucks County law enforcement officials have ended a two-month drug probe in Upper Southampton Township with the arrest of 13 people who were charged with selling more than $4,000 worth of drugs to an undercover agent. The operation, which began in April, was in the Willopenn section of the township. A female undercover investigator, who posed as a drug addict, made 29 separate purchases of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine from 13 men and one woman between April 1 and June 9, according to Bucks County District Attorney Alan M. Rubenstein.
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September 2, 2005 | By Stephanie L. Arnold INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the city's second-largest narcotics bust of the summer, illegal drugs and guns worth more than $500,000 were confiscated in raids conducted yesterday in "every single police district in the city," officials said. At a news briefing last night, Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson commended narcotics officers - who in July and August seized more than $800,000 worth of drugs and guns - for the 80 warrants they served while confiscating what police said were 10 pounds of marijuana, 1 kilogram of cocaine, more than 1,000 OxyContin pills, and some heroin.
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July 23, 1986 | By Frederick Cusick, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
A police officer who uses an illegal drug should not automatically be fired, an expert on police mental-health problems has told a special House committee investigating the state police. "The worst mistake is to be told that if you have taken a sniff of cocaine, you should be canned," psychiatrist Bertram S. Brown said in a committee hearing at Temple University yesterday. Brown, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, said he could assure the committee that if police who use illegal drugs were given help early enough, 90 percent of them could be rehabilitated and brought back to their jobs.
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July 7, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty-two people were arrested yesterday and charged with being part of a drug ring that netted more than $100,000 a week, authorities said. Law enforcement officers arrested suspects in Philadelphia, Bucks County, South Jersey and Maryland and seized illegal drugs, including 3 1/2 pounds of cocaine, and $490,000 cash in a series of raids, authorities said. Twelve vehicles that investigators said were used to transport illegal drugs also were confiscated. District Attorney Ronald D. Castille said his office's newly created Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit used wiretaps to gather information that led to yesterday's raids.
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September 6, 2002 | By Sumana Chatterjee INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
Use of marijuana, cocaine and other illegal drugs increased among young Americans last year, according to a new government survey. The study also found a sharp increase in the nonmedical use of a prescription painkiller. Only tobacco use declined. John P. Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, attributed the increased marijuana use to "a fundamental misunderstanding" propagated by baby boomers that marijuana was safe and should be legal. "We have sent the wrong message and we have to correct that," Walters said.
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August 30, 1987 | By Jane Cope, Special to The Inquirer
Like a general deploying his troops, Burlington County Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond is uniting local police departments and county officers in an all- out battle against illegal drugs. The move to create a countywide illegal-drugs task force composed of local and county police officers is in response to the state's Comprehensive Drug Reform Act of 1986, which went into effect in July. The task force plan, which will depend on the combined efforts of local departments and county officers, has already received an enthusiastic welcome and praise from local police chiefs.
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January 27, 1989 | By Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
A defendant in the Five Squad racketeering trial was dealing in drugs at the same time he was arresting people on narcotics charges, according to the defendant's half-brother. Patrick Crawford, an admitted drug addict and pusher, told a federal court jury that his half-brother, Richard Jumper, turned over to him narcotics that had been seized in raids. Crawford, 31, said he sold the narcotics and split the money with Jumper, 42. Jumper is one of six former members of the defunct Five Squad on trial for allegedly shaking down drug dealers for more $400,000 in cash and drugs from 1980 to 1984.
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October 27, 1989 | By DEBRA TRIONE
You can read all about them every day in the news. City youths caught in the crossfire of semiautomatics, crack moms abandoning or even selling off their kids, overwhelmed policemen and a judicial system bending under the heaviest wave of drug crimes yet. From one headline-grabbing incident to another, the drug saga has recently garnered the attention of the nation away from an even more ominous foe. Fifty-three million Americans smoked a...
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August 20, 1995 | By Marjorie Valbrun, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The new stores started popping up along West Susquehanna Avenue overnight. First, one opened in what was once an old-style meat market. The next replaced a beauty salon, and then came one housed in what had been a printing shop. Before long there were six new shops along the strip. At first, members of the neighborhood business association were thrilled. The stores were bringing new life to buildings that had been abandoned or boarded up. Local merchants believed the new businesses would give an economic boost to a neighborhood on the rebound.
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August 19, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A South Jersey psychiatrist with a practice in Philadelphia and his office manager were indicted Wednesday on charges of illegally selling more than $1 million in prescription drugs for cash, federal prosecutors said. Clarence R. Verdell, 66, of Voorhees, and Rochelle Williams-Morrow, 37, of Philadelphia, were charged with selling prescriptions of Klonopin and Suboxone without medical or mental-health examinations. Verdell worked for about six months for Dr. Alan Summers, who also recently was charged with illegally selling prescriptions, before opening his own clinic on Frankford Avenue in Frankford.
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April 30, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The 180 officers and investigators assembled before daybreak, and within minutes had dispersed onto the streets. In teams of 20, they descended upon neighborhoods in Darby Borough, Chester City, West Philadelphia, Sharon Hill, and elsewhere, bursting through doors, rushing into houses, and serving 110 arrest warrants for low-level drug dealers. By 10 a.m., 79 alleged drug offenders from across the region had been arrested and bused into Darby police headquarters to be booked and arraigned.
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December 20, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
A former Upper Darby Township detective, a 17-year veteran, has been charged with stealing narcotics from the evidence room to support his drug habit, officials announced Friday. Charges against Brad Ross, 41, of Aldan, included theft, receiving stolen property, and tampering with evidence. He was released after posting $50,000 bail. A hearing was set for Wednesday. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said at a news conference that because of Ross' actions, his office had to throw out three cases, adding that Ross' thefts dated to 2012.
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February 20, 2014
WE HAVEN'T yet found a reliable way to stop people from using illegal drugs. But we can, under some circumstances, stop them from dying. That's the purpose of legislation pending in Harrisburg that would provide immunity, under certain circumstances, to witnesses to an overdose who call police. Most individuals who succumb to drug overdoses reportedly aren't alone when they lose consciousness, but their companions fail to call for help for fear of being arrested themselves. This bill would remove the threat of prosecution - if the witnesses stay with the person in trouble until help arrives and they aren't drug dealers.
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September 12, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JIM McINTOSH had a good day. Jim, a onetime Villanova basketball star, was an FBI agent who lectured sports teams, local and national, pro and amateur, on the dangers of illegal drugs. On this day in the summer of '86, he had a chance to reach athletes younger than he was used to, speaking at a basketball camp at St. Joseph's University for kids 9 to 17. After his talk, a 10-year-old boy came up and asked, "If somebody comes up to you asking for help who's on drugs, will he be put in jail or given help?"
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August 14, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
DURING HIS 18-year major league career, Jack Clark was known as "Jack the Ripper. " It could have been for the vicious cuts he took at the plate or for the way he blasted teammates and managers. Last week, while on the air on WGNU in St. Louis, Clark said that former Cardinals superstar Albert Pujols, who is now a Los Angeles Angel, took performance-enhancing drugs, stating that Pujols' former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he injected Pujols with PEDs. Pujols has vehemently denied the allegations and said he's planning to sue Clark, though no suit had been filed as of yesterday.
NEWS
March 25, 2013
A 27-year-old Camden man was arrested Thursday in Gloucester Township after assaulting an officer, police said. Haneef Anderson was stopped for a traffic violation in the Highland High School parking lot and was being arrested when he hit the officer in the face and fled into the woods, police said. While running, he tossed what police later determined to be illegal drugs, authorities said. When caught, he was also in possession of prescription pills, they said. He was charged with aggravated assault of an officer, attempting to destroy evidence, drug possession, and related offenses.
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March 24, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old man attacked an officer while being arrested Thursday, Gloucester Township Police said, then led police on a foot chase through nearby woods while trying to get rid of illegal drugs. An officer stopped Haneef Anderson, of the 1000 block of Bergen Avenue in Camden, in the Highland High School parking lot for a moving vehicle violation, police said in a press release Saturday. Anderson did not show a driver's license, police said, and he became confrontational. As the officer attempted to arrest Anderson, he allegedly struck the officer in the face and ran across the street into the woods.
NEWS
February 21, 2013
WHAT DO truck drivers, nuclear-power-plant operators and St. Joe's Prep students have in common? They all must submit to some form of routine, random drug-testing. Just a few days ago, the Prep joined a growing number of schools by saying that for the health and welfare of their students, the school would use a lottery system to drug-test about 180 students a year. My first reaction is to remove any discussion of constitutional rights with this policy. St. Joe's Prep is a private school, and I agree that it has every right to set a policy like this.
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December 13, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Camden police supervisor who admitted he stole money during illegal drug searches was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison. Dan E. Morris, 49, of Moorestown, apologized to U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler for his behavior. He was given four months of home confinement following his prison term. Morris, who pleaded guilty, was a sergeant with an elite narcotics squad created to combat drug problems across Camden. Federal prosecutors said five of the unit's officers engaged in activities including planting drugs on suspects, fabricating reports, stealing money, and exchanging drugs for information from prostitutes.
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