On Sept. 26, it was reported that several individuals were charged with drug-related offenses after they were accused of being involved in a drug gang in Pennsylvania. The alleged gang was reportedly located in Chester and allegedly dealt drugs throughout Delaware County. The bust occurred after authorities launched a two-year investigation.
Authorities alleged that the accused individuals would hide drugs at playgrounds and other public places. They reportedly enlisted children and drug addicts to help them sell the drugs. Additionally, the members allegedly carried guns with them and used them when selling. Some of the locations that were used during the alleged illegal activities included the Frederick Douglass Christian School, Widener University, a local park and a playground located at 11th and Upland Streets.
Thirty-five who were accused of being involved in the drug ring were taken into custody. The locations of the remaining five individuals were not known. The main case was brought against a 31-year-old man who was thought to have been responsible for running the gang. He was charged with 261 counts of drug-related offenses. Authorities stated that they hoped that the recent bust would reduce the amount of violence reportedly plaguing the city.
Even if the prosecution has evidence that an accused person was involved in a drug conspiracy, a strong defense strategy can still either result in a dismissal of the case or a reduction in the severity of the charges and sentence. This may happen if an attorney finds errors in police procedure, which could lead to a suppression of any drug evidence.
Source: Philly.com, "Feds: 40 charged in Chester drug gang bust," Stephanie Farr, 09/28/2014
Source: CBS Philadelphia, "Federal Drug Charges Filed Against Dozens in Delco", Tony Hanson, September 26, 2014