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Phoenixville Twins Had Loaded Weapons, Ballistic Vest and Pot Operation, Police Say

The 27-year-old Lance brothers of Buchanan Street face dozens of charges.

Twin brothers are in Chester County Prison after police say they found drugs and multiple loaded weapons in their Buchanan Street apartment during a raid.

Michael James Lance and William Lance, both 27, were each charged with multiple counts of manufacture of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, endangering the welfare of a child, and other charges related to the search.

On Sunday at 7:09 p.m., Phoenixville Police Officer Mathew Fusco and several other officers served a warrant on an apartment located on the 200 block of Buchanan Street, according to court documents.  During the search, police say they located a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a loaded AK47 in separate bedrooms, and also found a ballistic vest—or a bulletproof vest—near the AK47.

Phoenixville Police Sgt. Glenn Eckman told The Mercury he believes he Lances were preparing for a violent showdown of some kind.

“A trauma plate is something he’s wearing because he’s preparing for some sort of run-in with another drug dealer or a run-in with law enforcement,” Eckman told the paper. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’d say they were ready for a confrontation with police.”

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The presence of the weapons prompted the charges for endangering a child's welfare, according to court documents. Police say they found the loaded shotgun leaning against a wall without a trigger guard, "accessible to anyone." The weapon was in a room that also contains a bed for a small child, police say.

In addition to the weapons, police say they discovered what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation. According to court documents, officers uncovered 12 marijuana plants along with a specific lighting system rigged to enable indoor growth, multiple bags filled with a small amount of marijuana, packing material and scales, as well as various paraphernalia.

The brothers were in their bedrooms at the time of the raid, police say.

Michael Lance and William Lance were arrested, arraigned, and scheduled for a preliminary hearing on April 4.

harry finster April 09, 2013 at 03:40 AM
three more losers will take their place as phoenixville attracts them, and will have the same problem over again,plywood all the buildings and leave
John April 09, 2013 at 04:44 PM
exactly....leave Fred. You know when you click on your name, you can see all your post? If you look at yours, one after the other is "loser, waste, crap, etc. etc..." You are such a pathetic individual. You really are. you have absolutely no life whatsoever. You come to a place you haven't lived in 3 decades and monitor the POLICE BLOTTER? Really? This is what you find interesting in life? How pathetic can one person be. Oh well, I look forward to your witty response...probably something along the lines of "another loser"... Close your eyes tonight Fred..say to yourself "I am a loser" Seriously, you need to accept this fact. A poor pathetic loser.
harry finster April 09, 2013 at 06:34 PM
well i am happy to see you are using your old first name again ,i would hardly call myself a loser winner is more like it ,winner in spite of that loser town and school named phoenixville ,i would assume you are a loser if you live there and send your kids to that school ,if you were a winner you would send them to a private school where they wouldnt be polluted by a poor quality indoctrination that passes for an education
John April 10, 2013 at 06:57 PM
nah, you're a loser. but please, keep posting here so we all have someone to laugh at. Loser. Go kill yourself.
Area Patch Reader April 10, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Phoenixville is a block by block situation when it comes to real estate. Parts of Washington Ave, Hall Street, north side on Bridge Street, etc... Are drug and crime ridden areas nobody will buy in (nearly all rental units owned by one or two families). On the other hand further down Washington Avenue towards Starr street or all the new development on the North SIde there are great family homes that sell quickly. The main issue some have with this situation is ultimately these kids all end up in the same school where their money and neighborhood can't protect them from the realities of the hard core drug and crime scene in Phoenixville (well known as the primary drug hub in Chester County outside Coatesville). The kids from the Main Line don't drive to Philly to buy their dope, they come to Phoenixville.

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