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The Real Deal: A Philly Police Officer Speaks Anonymously

September 22, 2014
Philadelphia Magazine

In our new feature, The Real Deal, we’re talking to people in Philadelphia who will only speak to us with a clear agreement of anonymity. For the first installment, a veteran Philadelphia police officer talks about the Center City gay-bashing, stop-and-frisk, and his biggest problem with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. Let’s start with the case […]

The Fall of the Main Line Drug Ring

July 27, 2014
Philadelphia magazine

On the afternoon of April 21st, 18-year-old Timothy Brooks arrived at a courthouse in Ardmore, a mile east of his alma mater, the Haverford School. His appearance — khaki pants, blue blazer, square jaw — suggested good breeding. Walking alone, in handcuffs, he lifted his head and smiled at the assorted cameras before him. “Why […]

Authorities: Drug ring targeting top suburban Philly schools busted

April 23, 2014

Two young men, a bunch of subordinates, one master plan: Take over the drug trade at some of Pennsylvania’s best schools. Authorities announced Tuesday that they were able to foil this ambitious effort — unearthing marijuana, hash oil, cocaine, ecstasy (or MDMA, its active ingredient) as well as cash and several weapons — and arrest […]

Attorney Greg Pagano speaking for suspected drug dealer Tim Brooks

October 21, 2014
The Mercury


Prep School Grads Accused of Running Drug Ring on Philadelphia’s Main Line

April 23, 2014

Alleged prep school drug kingpins Neil Scott and Timothy Brooks had big dreams, prosecutors say, planning to be the sole drug distributors for Philadelphia’s affluent suburbs. The two men referred to their drug ring as the “Main Line Takeover Project” in texts they sent to each other, prosecutors claim. Scott, 25, of Haverford, Pa., and […]

6 Philadelphia police officers seek bail in racketeering case

August 4, 2014
The Times Herald

Six Philadelphia police officers planned to seek bail Monday after spending five days in custody on racketeering and robbery charges. The narcotics investigators were charged last week with shaking down suspected drug dealers for years, making off with large sums of cash and cocaine. Federal prosecutors have called them a flight risk and a danger […]

Just the Facts, Ma’am–You’re Being Taped

November 18, 2013
The Crime Report

When Nafis Pinkey was taken into a Philadelphia Police Department homicide interrogation room in the 24 hours after his childhood friend was murdered, he had no idea that he would become a murder suspect. In August 2009, the bodies of Jonathan Pitts, Pinkey’s friend since the days they went to the same daycare, and Pitts’ […]

More closing arguments in Philly mob case

January 4, 2013

A 13-year FBI probe and subsequent racketeering indictment against seven reputed Philadelphia mobsters was built on unreliable testimony and weak evidence about trivial crimes because investigators came up empty-handed, defense attorneys said Friday. “They weren’t just investigating,” Gregory Pagano, representing alleged mob capo Anthony “Ant” Staino Jr., said in his closing argument. “They were waiting […]

Staino Pleads Guilty In Mob Case

April 18, 2013

Mob leader Anthony Staino, awaiting sentencing for his conviction on two counts of extortion, decided to fold his cards and avoid a retrial on racketeering conspiracy and gambling charges still pending against him. Staino, 55, pleaded guilty to those remaining counts this afternoon during a hour-long hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno. “It […]

Jury Hangs On Uncle Joe, But Three Associates Guilty in Mob Trial

February 5, 2013

The jury in the racketeering trial of mob boss Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi delivered a split verdict today leaving courtroom observers and attorneys scrambling to make sense of a mixed bag of predominantly not guilty and undecided pronouncements. Three defendants were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, the most serious charge in the 52-count indictment, by the […]

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