August 19, 2016 |
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.
April 30, 2016 |
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.
December 20, 2015 |
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.
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.
September 12, 2013 |
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?"
August 14, 2013 |
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.
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.
March 24, 2013 |
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.
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.
December 13, 2012 |
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.