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February 4, 1992 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Edward Colimore contributed to this article
In Southern California, where he spent the last eight years, nobody suspected a thing about the pleasant, mustachioed sandwich shop owner named Michael Stainton. Or if they did, they aren't saying. He was simply the SUBMAN - as he called himself on the license plate of his car: He owned eight Subway sandwich shop franchises throughout the years, was married with two children, lived in a half-million-dollar house in a gated community in the town of Saugus. And so on Jan. 3, when federal marshals - acting on an anonymous phone call - spoiled the opening day of yet another Subway sandwich shop by busting Michael Stainton right there in front of the store on Old Road in Newhall, it came as a bit of a shock to his family and friends.
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February 21, 1991 | By Shaun Stanert, Special to The Inquirer
Bensalem Township police seized 5.3 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $144,000 after spotting the drugs in a house while responding to an armed-robbery call. At 9:50 a.m. Saturday, police went to 1025 Oldham Ave., where Diane Hallowell-Seri, 33, the homeowner, told police that two men, one of whom was armed, forced their way into the home, pistol-whipped a house guest, Jacqueline Dennis, 28, and forced her to open an upstairs safe, according to Capt. Jack Robinson.
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September 14, 1989 | By Linda A. Johnson, Special to The Inquirer
A 50-year-old Bensalem man who pleaded guilty to being involved in three sales of methamphetamine to an undercover police officer was sentenced in Bucks County Court to 11 1/2 to 23 months in county prison. However, President Judge Isaac S. Garb immediately paroled Donald G. Johnstone because he had already served the minimum time in jail. Johnstone, of the Quaker Ridge Apartments on Knights Road in Bensalem, was one of three men arrested in an undercover operation run by Bensalem and state police.
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December 13, 1996 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Bethlehem man with convictions in Montgomery and Bucks Counties for drug-related activity was arrested earlier this week after investigators found a package containing more than two pounds of methamphetamine taped near the engine of his car. "This is a serious amount of methamphetamine," Bruce L. Castor Jr., first assistant district attorney in Montgomery County, said yesterday. Castor said the man, William P. Cosgrove, 39, had been identified by his department as a suspected drug dealer, and he estimated the methamphetamine's value at $50,000.
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September 26, 1991 | By Shaun Stanert, Special to The Inquirer
Bensalem Township police charged a man and a woman with intent to deliver methamphetamine last week after they raided the couple's Bristol Township room and said they seized $70,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia and an unspecified amount of the drug. Bensalem police said Loren "Pete" Campbell, 54, and Ann Woodward, 34, also known as Marie Baber, both of the Bridge Point Inn, 2200 Newportville Rd., were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Lower Bucks County.
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January 11, 1990 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight people have been accused by a federal grand jury of manufacturing methamphetamine in what officials said was a tri-state operation that used four clandestine rural laboratories and a series of rented storage lockers. Mary Vaira, a spokeswoman for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which conducted the investigation with the Pennsylvania State Police, said the operation was "quite extensive, dealing in multi-pound quantities" of the drug and about a half-million dollars in sales.
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December 15, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Chris Antley had cuts and bruises when he was found dead in his home, and drugs were discovered in another room, according to police reports released yesterday in Pasadena, Calif. The two-time Kentucky Derby winner was found dead Dec. 2 with severe head trauma, triggering a homicide investigation that so far police have said little about. An autopsy on the 34-year-old jockey was inconclusive. Further tests are expected to be available in January. The head trauma has yet to be explained by police or the coroner.
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October 5, 1993 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police officer yesterday was jailed for 30 years without chance of parole for selling one pound of the drug methamphetamine, for $9,500, to an informant who was working with the Pennsylvania State Police. The punishment for Walter T. Kates, 43, was "devastatingly stiff," U.S. District Judge Robert S. Gawthrop III noted, because Kates had two prior drug convictions from 1986 and therefore was deemed by law to be a "career offender. " As a career offender, Kates' "enhanced" sentencing guidelines required a prison term in the range of 30 years to life.
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June 20, 1991 | By Patrick Scott, Special to The Inquirer
After the explosion, the burns and the scars, Patrick Swint's self-esteem "went from about zero to below," his attorney said in county court this week. To boost that sense of self-worth, Swint of Drexel Hill took prescription drugs. Then he turned to nonprescription drugs. Then he started dealing drugs. Taking and selling drugs gave Swint a sense of importance that had been missing since he was seriously hurt in an October 1983 accident, when a truck hauling gasoline exploded, killing two people, said Swint's attorney, Douglas L. Smith.
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December 19, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
President Obama granted a presidential pardon Wednesday for a 1980s drug crime to a Bucks County woman who is now chief executive officer of a nonprofit company that operates halfway houses. Diane Mary DeBarri of Fairless Hills was pardoned for a 1984 conviction on federal charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and distribution of methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 90 days in prison and five years' probation. DeBarri, formerly known as Diane Mary Wilhelm, is CEO and chairman of the board of the Kintock Group, which is headquartered in King of Prussia and runs facilities in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
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March 28, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the leaders of a Montgomery County methamphetamine trafficking ring was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison and 15 years on probation. Francesco "Frank" Messina, 44, pleaded guilty in November to corruption, conspiracy, and selling methamphetamine to undercover officers. He was one of 32 people arrested in what Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman called "a family affair ... consisting of distributors, users, and pushers. " During raids in February 2012, local police, county detectives, and federal drug-enforcement agents seized drugs, paraphernalia, and weapons from Messina's auto-body shop in Lansdale.
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February 27, 2013
A Hatfield man accused of involvement in a methamphetamine trafficking ring in Montgomery County and Philadelphia accepted a plea deal Monday in Montgomery County Court and was sentenced to seven years of probation. Jeffrey Penna, 42, pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamines with intent to deliver, said Assistant District Attorney Jason Whalley. In May 2012, the District Attorney's Office, various local police departments, and the Philadelphia field office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrests of 32 suspects in the drug operation.
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December 15, 2012
Border agent's family sues PHOENIX - The family of a slain Border Patrol agent has sued federal officials over the botched "Fast and Furious" gun operation. Agent Brian Terry was mortally wounded Dec. 14, 2010, in a firefight between U.S. agents and five men who had sneaked into the United States to rob marijuana smugglers. The lawsuit filed Thursday and made publicly available Friday came from Terry's parents against six managers and investigators for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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July 30, 2012 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested over the weekend and charged with operating an illegal portable methamphetamine lab in a Center City hotel that forced an early-morning evacuation of more 300 guests. Mathew Phillip Sinson, of the 300 block of North 12th Street, was charged with manufacturing and possessing $70,840 worth of illegal drugs at the Hampton Inn with the intent to distribute. He had rented a third-floor room in the hotel, at 13th and Race Streets. Police arrested him at his home after reviewing footage from the hotel video surveillance cameras.
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July 18, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bensalem Township police officer on routine patrol Sunday with his K-9 dog made one of Bucks County's biggest drug busts, seizing heroin and methamphetamine worth $11.7 million. The 15 kilos of heroin and 20 pounds of "very pure crystal methamphetamine" were earmarked "for the Delaware Valley," township Public Safety Director Fred Harran said at a news conference Monday. "I can't imagine how many lives were saved last night of people overdosing on this stuff," Harran said with plastic-wrapped bricks of drugs lined up in front of him. "There's a lot of people not going to get high this week.
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April 4, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
CENTENNIAL, COLO. - A former Colorado sheriff known for his crusade against youth drug-use pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of trading methamphetamine for sex. Patrick Sullivan was sentenced to 38 days in jail, with credit for eight days already served, and two years of probation for felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of solicitation for prostitution. He must pay $1,100 in penalties. He was the sheriff in Arapahoe County from 1984 until 2002, when he resigned to become security director of the Cherry Creek School District.
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December 1, 2011 | By Steven K. Paulson, Associated Press
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A former Colorado sheriff known for his no-nonsense style and a concern about teenage drug use is facing charges of offering methamphetamine in exchange for sex and was being held Wednesday at a jail named for him. Dressed in an orange jail uniform and walking with a cane, a handcuffed Patrick Sullivan, 68, watched as a judge raised his bail amount to a half-million dollars and sent him back to the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention...
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July 20, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ga. - South Georgia authorities say two men became so high on drugs they began hallucinating and called 9-1-1 when they thought intruders had broken into a home. Effingham County sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor said the pair is suspected of using methamphetamine before they called 9-1-1 for help early yesterday. The pair told deputies responding about 4 a.m. to the home outside Savannah that there were people in a back bedroom who had broken into the home, but the deputies found no intruders.
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October 28, 2010 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
The problems with the house on Jefferson Avenue were little things, Jenn Friberg says. Someone had frosted the master bedroom window. Ugly brown plastic kept people from looking in the kitchen. "I thought, 'Maybe there were old people who'd lived there and they didn't want to get blinded by the morning sun,' " said Jenn, 30. The closing hadn't come easily. Twice it was postponed - and the second time the Realtor said he was missing a signature because the owner was in jail.
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