8 Charged in “Major” Philadelphia Drug Trafficking Ring


If you dabble in marijuana consumption, there’s a decent chance one of your suppliers just got shut down. 5 men accused of running a $14 million drug ring in Southeastern Pennsylvania–shipping weed from Sacramento to Philly, between January 2012 and April 2013–have been charged. (Four of them live in Philly, three live in Delaware County, and the fifth reportedly holds down the fort in California.) Said Montgomery County DA Risa Vetri Ferman: “I’ve never seen a drug case where we saw the movement of $14 million dollars in marijuana in such a short time.”

$14 million is sort of an abstract number, so here’s another way to think about it: 1 million pot plants in the Italian Market. [6 ABC]