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$3.5 million meth ring busted in Berks, Bucks counties
Drugs imported from Mexico through Texas to Pa.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - A major methamphetamine ring funneled more than $3 million worth of Mexican drugs through Reading and the Lehigh Valley, state police said. Investigators had charged more than two dozen suspects in "Operation Blowout." The operation brought in "as much as a pound of drugs every two weeks," said Pennsylvania Attorney. The street value of those drugs was $60,000 a month, according to a grand jury report. The three-year investigation also recovered nearly 100 firearms and more than $100,000 in cash. Police said the suspects all made up three loosely-related drug rings. Combined, police think they were supplying most of the street-level meth in our area.
All Charges Dropped Against Mr. Fink's Client
‘Operation Wheels of Fortune’ Philadelphia: Dozens of Muslim Car Thieves Arrested in $2.3 Million Car Theft Ring That Sent Vehicles to West Africa, Support of Terrorism?
BENSALEM, Pa. – April 17, 2012 Law enforcement authorities are calling it ‘Operation Wheels of Fortune,‘ but clearly this was no game. State Police say Thompson BMW in Doylestown and Don Rosen Imports in Conshohocken were frequent targets of a sophisticated car theft ring. Authorities say the suspects involved are part of a massive international theft ring that operated in the Philadelphia area, ultimately sending the cars to West Africa.
Most of the vehicles, including SUVs, were ripped off by stealing keys from local car dealers, but also through violence and threats. “With gun point robberies, home burglaries, and carjackings, which were also used to obtain the vehicles that foreign brokers and buyers were seeking,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said.
Police say this is how it worked: The street level thieves steal the vehicles then contact middlemen brokers like Akim Lane of Folsom, said to be one of the key players in the racket. In the area around 61st and Lindbergh in Southwest Philadelphia, investigators say Lane would park the stolen vehicles on the streets so potential buyers could drive by and inspect them in sort of an illicit, open air, stolen car showroom.
Once the cars were purchased they were loaded into shipping containers and taken to the Newark, New Jersey port for shipment to West African destinations including Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia. “The cars that are brought over to West Africa to be sold are going to sell for about 20% to 30% more than they are in this country,” Noonan said.
Pennsylvania State Police were able to intercept and recover 41 stolen vehicles, before and after they had been loaded into shipping containers, all bound for cargo ships that were headed to West Africa. Those vehicles, worth approximately $1.6 million, ranging in value from a 2009 Mercedes C300, worth $24,000, to a 2010 Porsche Panamera, valued at $120,000.
Man found not guilty of dragging ex-wife with SUV in Falls
Article published on buckscountycouriertimes.com
posted Nov 21, 2013
Bucks DA challenges judge in child molester case
August 18, 2013
The Bucks County District Attorney's Office on Friday said that it will appeal a county judge's recent ruling that cut a ... sex offender's sentence in half.
Last year, he filed a legal request for reconsideration of sentence. [He] asked that his probation be completely terminated so that he could avoid the stricter notification rules under the new Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Through his attorney, Richard Fink [he] declined to comment for this story. Fink said that he was confident that the DA's appeal would fail, and that his client is not a danger to the community.
"The DA's office has the right to appeal, but they are wrong on the law. The judge was well within his rights when he made this decision. [He] has done everything he was supposed to do. The question is, why are we asking the taxpayers to spend money ... to keep him on probation?"
Not guilty by reason of insanity verdict in arson
August 28, 2013
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A judge has handed down a rare ruling in a criminal case, finding a woman guilty by reason of insanity for setting her hospital bed on fire. The Bucks County Courier Times (http://bit.ly/1fhrtSD) says the judge returned the verdict Tuesday after two mental health experts testified that the 33-year-old was delusional when she set the blaze inside Lower Bucks Hospital in January 2012. Sixteen hospital employees suffered smoke inhalation. Defense attorney Richard Fink said his client was psychotic because of stress and withdrawal from an anti-anxiety drug.
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For some young felons, a life-changing opportunity
Article published on PhillyBurbs.com
Warminster man gets house arrest for child porn
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A Warminster man who downloaded child pornography from the Internet for four years was sentenced on Tuesday to six to 23 months of house arrest.
He pleaded guilty in April to charges of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications device.
He was arrested in July following an undercover investigation. Officers from New Britain Township and the Pennsylvania State Police tracked activity on websites frequented by child porn collectors to his computer.
Officers found that he was viewing videos of children being sexually abused, and sharing them with others online, said prosecutor Steven Jones.
His home was searched, and officers found 33 video files. He also admitted to police that he burned some of the images onto a video disk, and that he had been viewing child porn for four years.
His attorney, Richard Fink, told the judge that his client has been seeing a therapist since his arrest. He called psychologist Kenneth Singer as an expert witness Tuesday. Singer said that there was a "very low risk" that he would re-offend.
Construction company president, CFO charged with theft
The president of a Chalfont construction company along with its chief financial officer have been charged with stealing more than $650,000 from the business over a seven-year period, according to court records.
He was released after posting $5,100 bail. His attorney, Richard Fink, called the case, "a lawsuit gone wild."
Fink was referring to a suit filed alleging his client stole more than $579,000 and the accountants never reported it to the owner.
The lawsuit claims he used the money to buy his wife a horse trailer, spa and wave runner, cars, insurance and make mortgage payments.