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Phoenixville Police Make Drug Arrest at Pennsylvania House

A robbery investigation led to a heroin arrest at the W High Street building.

A robbery investigation led to a drug arrest at the Pennsylvania House Hotel late last month, Phoenixville Police are reporting.

Albert Hine, 47, was charged with narcotics possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and disorderly conduct stemming from the December 23 incident.

According to court documents, a Phoenixville Police officer went to the Pennsylvania House on December 23 to investigate a robbery that had occurred on the unit block of Spring Lane. The officer, he wrote in the affidavit, had reason to believe that one of the suspects in the robbery resided in the building.

While on site, the officer encountered Hine, who smelled like marijuana. Hine admitted to having a glass pipe in his pocket, but when the officer searched him he found more than that: in addition to the pipe, he was carrying 18 packets of heroin, a large bag of marijuana, and 37 and a half Clonazepam pills.

Hine was arrested, arraigned, and released from Chester County Prison. He faces preliminary hearing on January 31.

CC January 02, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Man, I wish someone would come in buy the PA House, renovate it and bake it what it could be - something beautiful! Maybe that would bring hope to the North Side. I live on the North Side on a block full of nice families. I am so tired of these losers giving the North Side this reputation. It doesn't help that on New Year's Eve my husband and I were afraid to let our dog out after midnight because of the very obvious gunshots we could hear. I understand wanting to celebrate, but do it with firecrackers. Guns? I didn't even know what to do. Call the police?
1 January 02, 2013 at 05:23 PM
I said a few days ago (after the reported shooting) that Phoenixville has regained it's title a drug hub for northern Chester County and Montgomery County. At that time I was shouted down by clowns like Michael Hill that I was being "negative". Time to face the FACTS! This is where all of the kids from the main line come to buy their dope. The drugs trade that ruined this town in the 80s and 90s is now back. But hey, the bars downtown are cool so we should just ignore the MASSIVE drug and crime problems we have in town. I'm sure the cops in Phoenixville will catch plenty of soccer mom's and people coming home from work going 31 in a 25 zone and isn't that all that really matters? The cops in Phoenixville need to start walking a beat along the north side of Bridge Street and other high crime areas instead of focuing on speed traps and two blocks of bars on the south side of Bridge!
1 January 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM
If you call the cops, they will show up 20 minutes later and then do NOTHING! My friend on the north side had his car broken into and the cop who showed up almost a hour ater the call didn't even want to write a report, saying it was "too late" to recover any stolen property. He finally insisted that the cop write the report so at least he had something to give to his insurance company. The cops in Phoenixville are the laziest bunch of bums I have ever seen. Even in this situation they basically accidentally found the drugs ather being called for a robbery. All they want to do is traffic stops and hang out down town. We ALL know where the high crime and drug spots are down town yet not a single cop is found there. Maybe if there was a cop on teh corner of where teh PA house is this robbery would have never happened. Meanwhile they instead hang out in front of the coffee shop all day long. The only good news is I heard that the Chester County drug task force is starting to send in undercovers due to all of the crime so maybe they will do what the local cops refuse to and put a dent in the drug trade here!
Michael Hill January 02, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I never said there wasn’t a problem in Phoenixville. I would tend to agree you that there is an increase in drugs in Phoenixville. You want to know why? Because Barry Cassidy is no longer running the dealers out of town. When Barry was in town he would personally run them out of town.
Karen Kittrell January 02, 2013 at 09:16 PM
It's about time someone arrested Albert Hine!! He and his mother lived in a building in Mont Clare when I lived there as well a few years ago. Shortly after they moved in I smelled pot outside my living room window and there they were smoking in the parking lot!! Police came but nothing!! Then the drug traffic came!! People in and out at all hours!! I was put in touch with a DEA agent but they always came up short of evidence!! He even made passes at my young daughter and once tried to push his way into my apartment while my sister was there!! I hope he gets convicted and they throw away the key!!
1 January 02, 2013 at 09:16 PM
LOL! Barry didn't run anyone out of town except the business owners that didn't kiss his butt or dared to speak up against him. You have been reading too much of his fictional blog where he is a self proclaimed superhero. The fact is the cops were basically ordered to go after drug dealers and bums on the south side of Bridge Street during the gentrification process (which they did). The problem is that they ignored the north side and any other neighborhood that wasn't directly part of the development downtown. As a result the dealers and criminals know they can do anything they want as long as it doesn't bother the three block area of Bridge Street where all the investment took place (except at Club 212 where these want to be gangsters fight and stab each other every weekend - and are quickly but quietly arrested. I'm guessing that 212 wil be "run out of town" soon as they are hurting the down town image). They basically made the north side and parts of Hall Street and Washington Avenue into Hampsterdam (see The Wire) where you can openly sell drugs, shoot, and rob people as long as they aren't "tourist" on their way to Bridge Street. The cops could easily stop these issues if they wanted but they instead spend all of their resources protecting a few blocks on Bridge Street and giving out traffic tickets.
1 January 02, 2013 at 09:21 PM
PS- There is only one place that still harbors bums, hookers, and dopers on the business side of Bridge Street. Anyone care to guess what it is or better yet who owns it?
patchsux January 02, 2013 at 09:32 PM
every town has it's drug problems it's world wide. but I'm surprised at the amount of heroin in phoenixville, there have been multiple arrest of heroin dealers lately and that should put the entire town on notice. because this isnt something they can just stop doing when they want to. got to get that out of the town or robberies will sky rocket if they haven't already
Joe Smith January 02, 2013 at 09:36 PM
A lot of nice families live in the surrounding blocks around High St and its a shame our kids need to be around such bad elements. When is the next town meeting to see what the township is doing to address the drug issues in this town?
Ike January 02, 2013 at 09:56 PM
1,,,, you make a lot of good points.You live here a long time . You sound like a resident who been here ,like since the 50 s.Lots of older residents say the same about most of what you just said. But you have to admit there are some jokesters up in here are funny . Sure who the heck would get run out of town by anyone,.
Obama Remorse January 02, 2013 at 10:22 PM
I grew up on the North Side, and still know people that live there. It was basically the same 30+ years ago, so don't expect much to change... It might be cleaned up when you see bulldozers on High St....
Michael Hill January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The next Borough Council meeting is 01/08/13 at 7 p.m. If your concerned please attend. The only way we can get it solved is to make our voices heard. https://www.keepandshare.com/calendar/show.php?i=1406037&vw=month
Nonya January 02, 2013 at 10:35 PM
If they would just move the 113 signs to High Street, which is a more direct route, we'd also see a change in the area. When people are forced to confront something everyday they start to talk about it and hopefully change comes from that.
harry finster January 03, 2013 at 02:59 AM
we had 1 guy move into my town who was a low class phoenixville type person we got together called the police ,they ran him out so fast he disappeared never to be seen again evewry person who lived around him made it known he was disliked ,the problem in phoenixville is you accept the fact that decay and dryugs are the normal state
harry finster January 03, 2013 at 03:16 AM
when germany hit bottom they had exactly the same problems as phoenixville,drugs crime,prostitution, lack of will to live a decent life they waited for someone to come and fix their problems, hitler obliged them ,keep waiting
Joanne Mudry January 03, 2013 at 05:33 AM
look at 500 block of bridge st. you have hookers loud partys and drugs, to a three family living in one apartment or house and they are imgrants dont pay taxes ,so not only north side the pa house is full with durgs and cocrashes. needs to be shut down and all the old heads are gone now you have phoenixville finest, just making a name for there selfs
Nemo Wine January 03, 2013 at 06:28 AM
I don't know who this Hine character is, but I hope they get him into treatment so he can turn his life around. If they cut funding related to probation officers in Chester County, much to the chagrin of employees at the Justice Center, then it could get worse. The high from being a drug dealer is said to be greater than that of the person using the drugs. Incarceration is not the ultimate solution to the problem, and only kicks the problem down the road. Funding for the mental health system is backseat to too many other issues, not just locally but regionally and nationally. Most people think drug dealers have money, but if that were true, why would they still live with their parent(s)? When guns or violence enter the picture, it's a very different situation. Phoenixville is pretty tame compared to other neighborhoods where I've lived. Make no mistake, there are plenty of heroin and methamphetamine users in Phoenixville who do not live on the north side. How can you teach self-respect?
Nemo Wine January 03, 2013 at 06:46 AM
For many many years now, heroin has been rebranded as a snortable or inhalable drug for young people. Methamphetamine presents a larger societal problem and drug seizures of methamphetamine might be about double that of heroin. Drug seizures are likely up in all categories except marijuana, since distribution is up too. Another thing about methamphetamine is that the number of users per capita in rehabilitation has historically been much lower in the mid-Atlantic and northeast. Users might be down, but usage is definitely up. Domestic production is down, but production in Mexico is up to fill the difference. Fewer using more? Trading one problem for another? The drug war is only driving down the cost of harmful drugs.
Nemo Wine January 03, 2013 at 07:07 AM
If Phoenixville Area High School students are like other students not in Phoenixville, not including marijuana, then the problem is illicit prescription drug use by young people. Recent surveys of students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades point to the fact that Adderall, Vicodin, cold medicine, tranquilizers, and OxyContin are each used more than than powder cocaine, crack (cocaine freebase), powder cocaine and crack combined, methamphetamine, and heroin. Ritalin and powder cocaine are running neck and neck... Alcohol use by students bests any of these though. How can the police be expected to solve these problems? The problem is deep.
1 January 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Harry, you need to seek professional therapy.
1 January 03, 2013 at 03:33 PM
I went to a few meetings years ago and it was a waste of time. They make you wait until the very end of the meeting (often hours) and then cut you off after about a minute, especially if you are bringing up something they have no interest in dealing with. The Police Chief may pay you some lip service but in the end nothing will change....his cops will not walk a beat and will not change their tactics of focusing of traffic violations 1st, the three blocks of Bridge Street 2nd, and everything else last (only after a crime is commited and they get the call). We really need a new mayor (who suppose to oversee the police department). Scoda is a nice old chap but he is just a rubber stamp for the Police Chief who doesn't ask questions. A younger person with a real interest and some knowledge in law enforcement could force some changes but until then, expect more of the same. Unless one of the white upper class "bar tourist" end up getting shot or robbed or a rich guys kid ODs on dope he bought in town, nobody in charge cares about what happens on the north side or any place else outside the school zones and business district on Bridge Street.
Ed Roper January 03, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Harry, why the hell do you post here. Go back to your magical town where everybody poops rainbows and magic, and stop trolling. You're an idiot. Go away now.
jk January 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
I've been getting panhandled downtown by people who "are out of gas and only need $2 to get home" or someone who "needs $5 for bus fare." But hey, i bet the local cops got some serious trouble makers for public intox lately.
jk January 03, 2013 at 05:35 PM
1- i assume you are talking about 212? What a dump.
jk January 03, 2013 at 05:37 PM
If you are going to put someone down as an "imgrant," you might want to learn to speak/write English better.
Michael Hill January 03, 2013 at 08:02 PM
The first Public Participation is at the very beginning of the meeting. If there is something during the meeting you want to comment on unfortunately you have to wait till the end. Hopefully we will get a new Borough Council President and that will change.
SS January 03, 2013 at 09:05 PM
What in the world did you just say?
Ed Roper January 03, 2013 at 09:07 PM
DAMN THOSE "IMGRANTS" AND THEIR "DURGS". WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHULDRUN.
Ike January 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
i DONT THINK HE IS TALKING ABOUT 212....Most of us know who he is talking about ...... The Pillar of our town.... What we nees is a few more real Police,, we have some but like in the rest of life ,there are some that aint ,, well lets say they should get another job. Manny council meeting i have been to ,, way back in the late 60 S to about two years ago . HA, HA ,,,,,, It is not a great place to ask for help from the police there ,, its an act.... Hopefully the President is reappoint to President, since WHO THE HECK WOULD DO IT ,, ,, TAKE THE BEST OF THE WORST.... 1 You hould run for council ,,,YOU WOULD HAVE MY VOTE!!!!
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