Two Delaware County men orchestrated the delivery of massive quantities of deadly drugs from China to house homes, District Attorney Kevin Steele announced Montgomery District office on Wednesday.
Jamil I. Chapman, 26, and his nephew Nasai J. Chapman, 23, both Collingdale, ordered, purchased, and shipped the opioids fentanyl and carfentanil directly into homes in Upper Merion and Lower Merion communities, authorities said. The Attorney's Office said the arrests followed an intense nine-month investigation involving local, state and national authorities ranging from US Customs and Border Protection to the Department of Homeland Security.
A total of 300 grams of fentanyl were confiscated while police found evidence that another 400 to 500 grams of the even deadlier carfentanil had been shipped to Montgomery County.
Fentanyl, described by authorities as 50 times more deadly than heroin, is often the culprit in overdose deaths. Drug users may believe that they consume heroin but instead get something even more dangerous. Carfentanil, in turn, has been developed as an elephantine tranquilizer and is 1
Steele said that this case was the first evidence of trade with Carfentanil in the county. Last year, several drug overdose deaths were reported.
The Chapmans first came to the police after responding to an overdose in their apartments at the Royal Athena Apartments at Bala Cynwyd in Lower Merion Township in June 2017.
The man suffering from the overdose , according to a lawsuit, is Jamil Chapman. He received several doses of Narcan and was taken to the Lankenau hospital for treatment. To determine what kind of drug Jamil had taken to be treated properly, the officials ransacked him and found a large 20-gram sack of heroin – along with $ 733,000 – in his pockets.
Jamil Chapman was sentenced to six-to-23 months in prison for a separate drug crime and self-immolated on September 8. The Montgomery County Correctional Facility later learned that the police were still organizing transports with his nephew.
Meanwhile, the police continued to investigate the Chapmans Finally, in September 2017, they returned to their home to find 75 bags of fentanyl, some carfentanil, and plenty of evidence suggesting drug trafficking, prosecutors said.
The authorities then found evidence that the Chapmans were awaiting a large incoming shipment of fentanyl from China at JFK International Airport in New York on October 25. Homeland Security has intercepted the package intended for an apartment intercepted in Upper Merion, according to authorities. The package contains 99 grams of fentanyl.
A second package was again intercepted by the JFK authorities on November 14, this time containing 200 grams of fentanyl.
Another investigation found that from May 2017 to May numerous purchases were made in September, all packages come from China and most are delivered to Upper Merion or Lower Merion. Destinations included Indigo 301, a new luxury apartment complex in the Village at Valley Forge, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, some packages have been delivered to addresses in Philadelphia.
The Chapmans are responsible for operating a corrupt organization, possessing intent to deliver, acquiring illegal activities and related charges.
Bail was set at $ 250,000 for each of the Chapmans. They failed to post and were transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing for uncle and nephew is scheduled for April 10.
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