Po­lice ar­rest drug dealer in Up­per Darby

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SUNDAY SELECT - By Kath­leen E. Carey kcarey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @dt­busi­ness on Twit­ter

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter ar­rest­ing a 24-year-old with a long rap sheet, dat­ing back nine years.

On Fri­day, Craig Te­van “Juice” Rus­sell of the 6600 block of Lans­downe Av­enue in Philadel­phia was charged with traf­fick­ing and nar­cotics vi­o­la­tions af­ter po­lice set up a sting.

Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Mike Chit­wood said Rus­sell may be tied to a per­son who is in se­verely crit­i­cal con­di­tion due to a drug over­dose at an area hos­pi­tal.

“It’s an open in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Chit­wood said.

He said un­der­cover cops met Rus­sell, who was driv­ing a rented Jeep Grand Chero­kee with Penn­syl­va­nia tags, at Bal­ti­more Av­enue and Kelly Street Thurs­day.

There, Chit­wood said, Rus­sell sold them four blue wax pa­per bags filled with a white pow­der that field tested for heroin.

Then, later that night, an­other of­fi­cer con­tacted Rus­sell on his cell phone for an­other trans­ac­tion at the

On Fri­day, Craig Te­van “Juice” Rus­sell of the 6600 block of Lans­downe Av­enue in Philadel­phia was charged with traf­fick­ing and nar­cotics vi­o­la­tions af­ter po­lice set up a sting.

same in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to the su­per­in­ten­dent.

Again, it in­volved four bags of a pow­dery sub­stance that was later iden­ti­fied as heroin.

On Fri­day at 7 p.m., po­lice con­tacted Rus­sell one more time for an­other ar­range­ment.

“Juice ar­rived again at Bal­ti­more and Kelly and we got him,” Chit­wood said, adding that he was driv­ing the same Jeep Grand Chero­kee. “This time, we found in his car in a black bag 106 bags of heroin.”

In ad­di­tion, the su­per­in­ten­dent said po­lice re­cov­ered some pills, Oxy­con­tin, cash and nu­mer­ous cell phones.

Rus­sell’s crim­i­nal his­tory dates to 2007 when he was charged with dis­tri­bu­tion of small amounts of mar­i­juana. He also was charged with rob­bery in 2009.

He plead guilty to pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and crim­i­nal con­spir­acy for an April 2011 in­ci­dent for which he was sen­tenced to 6 to 12 months in jail and a year of pro­ba­tion.

A year later, he pleaded guilty to driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence for a Fe­bru­ary in­ci­dent and was sen­tenced to 3 days to 6 months. That was fol­lowed by his guilty plea for an Oc­to­ber 2012 in­ci­dent for man­u­fac­ture of a con­trolled sub­stance and other charges for which he was sen­tenced 12 months to 4 years.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO - UP­PER DARBY PO­LICE DE­PART­MENT

Above: Po­lice re­cov­ered drugs and cell­phones from Craig Te­van “Juice” Rus­sell’s ve­hi­cle. Shown at up­per right is cash that po­lice also re­cov­ered from Rus­sell’s ve­hi­cle.

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