Two arrested on drug charges near Philadelphia

A man and woman from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were arrested on drug charges involving distribution after a man they were allegedly selling drugs to near a convenience store called authorities.

The man allegedly tried to buy drugs from the pair who told him he didn't have enough money to complete the transaction because they increased their price. He called the police to complain that he had already given them $50 when they asked him for additional cash. He reported that the male defendant had a gun.

Law enforcement personnel responded to the scene and confronted both suspects. A female officer searched the woman and found three dozen glas vials hidden on her person. According to authorities, tests on the substances in the vials came back positive for cocaine. In addition, they also found about $650 in cash in the woman's purse. The woman insisted that her male companion told her to hide the drugs as soon as he saw the police

Both of the Philadelphia residents charged with drug crimes are in their 20s. The man who informed police was not charged since he did not actually purchase cocaine from the defendants. The courts set bail at $75,000 each and set a date for a preliminary hearing.

Strict federal and local legislation may lead to mandatory sentencing laws for many drug crimes. The harsh penalties may include a felony criminal record, hefty fines, drug counseling and drug testing. In some cases, defendants receive probation, intensive probation, home arrest and even lengthy time in custody.

Source: Delaware County Daily Times, "Philly pair facing drug raps after incident at Upper Darby Wawa," Linda Reilly, Oct. 1, 2012

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