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South Philly drug ring

By Amanda L. Snyder
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Eight locals were arrested for cocaine distribution allegedly spearheaded by a Marconi man that trafficked $800,000 worth of the drug around Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Attorney General’s Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and police departments in southeastern Pennsylvania arrested 16 men and woman from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Nevada Oct. 7, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

The ring dubbed “Operation Wayward Sons” has been in operation since August 2009. It is believed that William Gilkin, 39, of the 3000 block of South 16th Street, is the ringleader and allegedly supplied Scott Campanella, 39, of the 1800 block of Hulseman Street, and Richard Derosa, 42, of the 2800 block of South Alder Street, with multiple ounces of cocaine that were later redistributed to others in Philadelphia, Montgomery and Sullivan counties, as well as New Jersey.

Gilkin allegedly paid $850 per ounce of cocaine and Campanella was then believed to “re-rock” the substance to double its quantity in his mother’s basement. Campanella allegedly sold to a network of five including Paul Domenick, 48, of the 2600 block of South Third Street, and Paul Salvatore, 35, of the 2400 block of South Jessup Street.

Derosa allegedly sold cocaine to four members including Scott Strader, 39, of the 900 block of South Eighth Street, and Michael Orlando, 26, of the 2400 block of South Hutchinson Street, in addition to prescription narcotics to individuals including his mother. Derosa is believed to have traveled to Las Vegas in October ’09 for at least 200 OxyContin pills.

The case will be prosecuted in Montgomery County.

Gilkin was charged with 15 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, 11 counts of possession with the intent to deliver and conspiracy, six counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity and two counts of corrupt organizations.

Campanella was charged with 75 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, 26 counts of possession with the intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, 11 counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity and two counts of corrupt organizations.

Derosa was charged with 30 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, 24 counts of possession with the intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, four counts of dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity and two counts of corrupt organizations.

Salvatore was charged with two counts of possession, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communication facility.

Domenick was charged with 24 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, 10 counts of possession with the intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy.

 

Strader was charged with seven counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal conspiracy, dealing in the proceeds of unlawful activity and criminal use of a communication facility, and two counts of corrupt organizations.

Orlando was charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver cocaine, criminal conspiracy, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activity and criminal use of a communication device, and two counts of corrupt organizations.

Donna Meade, 58, of the 2200 block of South Bonsall Street, was charged with four counts of possession with the intent to deliver and criminal conspiracy, and two counts of criminal use of a communication facility.

 

Contact Staff Writer Amanda Snyder at asnyder@southphillyreview.com or ext. 117.

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1. Anonymous said... on Oct 21, 2010 at 01:35PM

“disgrace!!!”

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2. Anonymous said... on Oct 22, 2010 at 04:51AM

“Where there's a demand, there will always be a supply. Why not legalize many drugs with a sunset provision, like they did with the Assault Weapons Ban? That was in place for ten years, was recognized to be completely pointless, and the legislatures let it expire. They tried it and it didn't work, so no harm no foul. Why not do the same with certain drugs? The revenue generated could be a huge chunk towards Obamacare or education that the taxpayer wouldn't have to pay.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Oct 22, 2010 at 07:22AM

“I agree with the above poster. Taxpayers could benefit from legalization of certain drugs. It can't hurt to try.”

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4. Anonymous said... on Oct 22, 2010 at 09:43AM

“Funny Bonasall street is right in the 1st police districts own back yard!”

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5. Anonymous said... on Oct 22, 2010 at 10:50AM

“In your Mother's Basement!!! Have Some Respect! A sick person would put their mother in danger!!! Very sad. Clean up this City Please.
Police aren't very smart these days. My father Was a good Cop Rest his soul these slime would not be on the streets today.”

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6. Marissa Banning said... on Oct 27, 2010 at 07:02PM

“I know Paul. His kids had it hard enough after his wife Yvette died about 12 years ago. It's a shame. They can't win.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Nov 4, 2010 at 12:21PM

“Lets face it, as long as these people just get their hands smacked and let go they will be out there again.It's good for you to let us know when you catch them. But, Why not let us know what you do with them.”

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8. Anonymous said... on Nov 4, 2010 at 01:10PM

“Legalizing hard drugs is insane. What would happen to South Philly if you could legally acquire oxycontin, heroin, crack, the rest? There'd be no hope for the place. These drugs are illegal because they are poison if misued. Addiction and misery legalized is not an improvement.

SPR, you have far better crime coverage than any of other paper of any size. Bravo. You are a must read.”

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9. Anonymous said... on Dec 15, 2010 at 08:34PM

“Cottom Candy rat...mfuller”

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10. YO MOMMA said... on Dec 18, 2010 at 07:35PM

“Nothing New, South Philadelphian Thugs Dealing Drugs. They are no better then the dead beet blacks that are dealing in North Philly. Keep the coke out of south philly...kill the blacks not our white kids...unbelievable. Its a shame because most of the coke heads in south philly are from decent families, they are going to turn our neighborhoods into slums if they are not all arersted and put in jail. First it was the thugs from 7th street, then the low lifes from 18th and snyder, now some of these guys are from Paker Park, Are you serious Paker Park, and people spend 500k to live there, its no diferent than 18th and Miflin”

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