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Upper Bucks drug dealing charges filed

Heroin trafficking ring dismantled after grand jury investigation

BRIDGET WINGERT

Thirteen people have been charged in a sweep of drug dealers in an Upper Bucks County trafficking organization that operated from 2013 to 2016.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub held a news Wednesday afternoon to announce the dismantling of a major heroin-trafficking organization.

Weintraub was joined by Quakertown Police Chief Scott McElree, and by police officers, detectives and prosecutors who led the investigation.

At its peak, the illegal enterprise – allegedly run by brothers Shaemus Patrick McCarthy and Casey James McCarthy from a remote, wooded family compound in Richland Township – did almost $1 million dollars in annual business. Another brother, Thomas James McCarthy, worked occasionally with his brothers but also ran an independent operation.

The brothers are sons of Alice and James McCarthy, operator of a masonry business.

The organization sold between 200 and 400 bundles of heroin per week – each bundle containing 10 to 14 individual bags, according to a 195-page presentment issued by an investigating county grand jury.

The presentment, which resulted from a nine-month grand jury investigation, describes a web of organized crime that greatly exacerbated the opioid crisis afflicting Bucks County residents, the DA said. As a result of the grand jury’s recommendations, 13 defendants have been charged with running or participating in a corrupt organization, along with extensive drug-related felonies and misdemeanors.

The heroin came primarily from a longtime supplier in West Philadelphia and flowed through a multi-layered enterprise of fraternal overseers, drivers, dealers, sub-dealers and users in Upper Bucks County.

The grand jury concluded that the drug organization’s crimes “led to widespread addiction amongst young citizens of the Quakertown area,” caused numerous overdoses and endangered many other lives, all while reaping vast financial profits.

Charges against the 13 include participation in corrupt organizations; manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture a controlled substance; reckless endangerment of another person.

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