11 Arrested, 160 Pounds of Cocaine Seized
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Eleven members of what was described as Philadelphia’s biggest wholesale cocaine ring were arrested and 160 pounds of cocaine were seized in raids this week.
The raids in 39 unspecified locations in Philadelphia and New Jersey netted $500,000 in cash, $114,000 worth of jewelry, plus fur coats, cars and a 32- foot speedboat, the district attorney’s office said Wednesday.
Also seized were more than 40 weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle, machine pistols, shotguns, rifles and semiautomatic pistols, including one with a laser sight.
The cocaine, which authorities said has a street value of about $9.1 million, was pressed into various shapes. Numerous boxes were marked to resemble cartons of ceramic tiles. The drugs, money and weapons were displayed at a news conference.
District Attorney Lynne Abraham revealed no details about the ring, saying the information could jeopardize future arrests.
″These people, in my opinion, were the largest wholesalers of cocaine in Philadelphia,″ said Hilary Connor, deputy district attorney in the narcotics division.
Connor said the investigation, which included the state police, FBI and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, began two years ago.
Authorities didn’t identify leaders of the ring.
The highest bails were set for Hubert Jeanty of Philadelphia, $20 million; Carl Butler, $10 million; and James Conner, Willingboro, N.J., $10 million.