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.

John March 29, 2013 at 01:28 PM
You are right Phil, that unneccesary. I actually miss phoenixville, it's really a great place. Unfortunately, i had to leave, the police were looking for me, and now I just monitor the police blotter to make sure they haven't turned over clues....
Compassionate Conservative March 29, 2013 at 01:45 PM
But they had told the kids not to touch the 12-gauge! :-) Sergeant Eckman has certainly stepped up the pace of successful drug arrests in Phoenixville.
hacker70 March 29, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Yeah- people like West Point grad David Bernstein, killed in Iraq. Sgt. Larry Detwiler, gave his life for his country in some hell hole called Viet Nam along with Rudy Dungee and Tim Vontor and Bob Ash. Of course then there's the real quality grad like you Fred- you're the best.
harry finster March 29, 2013 at 03:09 PM
it so clean and no criminals here where i live ,its fun to read the patch, i can be happy i got away from phoenixville and congratulate myself for never letting the phoenixville dump affect me,you people live in denial philadelphia area is worst in country ,except maybe detroit
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Well Phil i will tell you what i object to.Even though it is long ago and faraway i object to vincent daher being put on the wall of fame.He was a brutal vice principal who kicked,punched,screamed paranoid ravings at kids.He was not stern and just but psychotic and arbitrary favoring some kids hating others.Unprofessional at best.He once sent me to an outside psychologist ,after being tested she said "Its probably them " meaning the current phoenixville high school regime at the time.I see this same type of administration still happening ie dr child porn and the same solution occurring which is to sweep it under the rug, or to outright denial.
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 04:01 AM
@ hacker 70 say hello to geraldine and MYOB what do you think walgreens would say about employees using their computers to hack ?
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 05:40 AM
john you must really admire me to use my name
Hey Jude March 30, 2013 at 01:33 PM
They should be put in stockades for First Friday celebrations. Seriously, they wanted to be "gangsta" with the guns and a vest. They wanted to endanger the neighborhood with their low life drug customers. They wanted to ruin it for everyone. So WE deserve to see them put on display and humiliated. I'm sick of these type who inflict misery on everyone else and then cry addiction.
Ed Roper March 30, 2013 at 03:36 PM
"congratulate myself for never letting the phoenixville dump affect me" is not congruent with "i object to vincent daher being put on the wall of fame.He was a brutal vice principal who kicked,punched,screamed paranoid ravings at kids.He was not stern and just but psychotic and arbitrary favoring some kids hating others." You got hurt by Phoenixville, and now you're going to have your little revenge. See a psychiatrist Fred. You have deep issues. And this isn't how you should handle them.
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM
does that mean phoenixville is twice as crazy as everyone else ?
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 05:35 PM
@ ed when justice is not available you make your own justice however you can ,always remember george washington was a terrorist to the english
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 06:10 PM
ive chosen to live in a clean area with quality people,youve chosen to live in a decayed area with drug infested people i dont think i need a psychiatrist , besides my neighborhood is exclusive and my neighbor is a psychiatrist ,and others are psychologist and so far they havent told me i am in need its amazing how phoenixville people can actually think they are normal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBvjXhUSUpU
harry finster March 30, 2013 at 09:49 PM
@ anonymouse i was always careful to drink bottled water in phoenixville as the local water is full of chemicals and radiation,i told you move to idaho which is clean and natural and the people arnt all weirdo's
Noname March 31, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I'm a phoenixville grad and I'm not a criminal , nor a druggie or a waste of life so I just contradicted everything you have ever said about phoenixville . But I know one thing about you , you literally have no life all you do is sit on the patch and critique phoenixville . Obviously California can't be any better and you are a true pville citizen because your worried about everyone but yourself .
harry finster March 31, 2013 at 05:51 PM
only takes 5 minutes to comment leaves me 23 hours and 55 minutes for other things per day ,do you mean i am altruistic ?
Noname March 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Well you certainly check back to the pages you comment on frequently because you comment back farely quickly . I honestly don't care about you personally . But don't categorize everyone from phoenixville into your comments because there are more good than bad in this town . So it would be greatly appreciated if you worried about your self for now on . Thanks
harry finster March 31, 2013 at 11:43 PM
i dont think you have an accurate count but in the boro of phoenixville i think the bad ones may be the majority
AmandaB April 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
People need to stop worrying more about who's gettin in trouble in this town and all that nonsense and focus on themselves -- every comment says nothing but nasty things about this town and the people in it but talkin wit all this negativity doesn't make yous any better - these brothers did nothing to bother any of you, in fact I guarentee noone who left comments would even know who these twins were if they ran into them on the street- People make mistakes and it doesn't make them bad people - alot of good people make bad choices and before anyone else judges these brothers or anyone else who makes the paper - take a step back and look at yourself because I bet your hands aren't clean either so noone has room to judge or talk about anyone -
Hey Jude April 02, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Actually, they did do something to me. They were involved in selling illegal drugs and brought criminals into the neighborhood. They also had a gun and a vest..for what? To cause harm. So while I agree people make mistakes but these guys need to confess their crimes and ask forgiveness before it can be considered.
John April 02, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Meg, I'm a loser, don't listen to a word I write or say... I say it only takes 5 minutes to post, however i posted 20 times a day. The psychiatrist and psychologist never said I was crazy, because they don't know me. I'm a shut in. I live in this GREAT place, but can't seem to get off the computer....ignore me, I'm a loser, fleeing from the law.
Area Patch Reader April 02, 2013 at 08:18 PM
These guys weren't your average stoners smiking some weed on the porch...they had serious fire power and selling hard drugs. The kind of drugs that destroy communities and lives weapon. They need to go away for a long time. We in the community have every right to to "judge" these scum bags who are wrecking the town. My guess is you are one of their girlfriends....find a guy with real job. You'll be happier in the long run.
Area Patch Reader April 02, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Why do you people bother replying to the the original harry finster1 character? He is a text book internet troll looking for attention. You really want him to go away, ignore his posts. After not getting a reaction for a week or two, he'll simply find a new forum to spew his hate.
Petey_Boy April 08, 2013 at 11:40 PM
They just lowered everyone's property value because a story like this reinforces peoples' worst suspicions about Pville.
Compassionate Conservative April 09, 2013 at 02:20 AM
The woman may have one gambit with the court, due to a recent court decision not about her, but then at best her sentence will be affirmed. End of story. A precautionary tale to others that would target an immigrant or think they are in some gangsta video. Same old story, same old ending to the story. Years ago, all three would be dead by now, but we live in a civilized society that has rules. Long live all the Guatemalans and other immigrants that have chosen to come to Phoenixville, like 99.5% of everyone else that came to Phoenixville in the past, they are part of Phoenixville's future and nothing will stop them. The racists not already in jail can rot at home while they can still keep up with their Comcast payments. Some will, some won't, but I'm currently betting on Phoenixville's future. And the young adults will get together and might just piss off all of their parents! :-)
Compassionate Conservative April 09, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Yo "Petey_Boy", actually, property values just jumped up about 10% with the advancements in the overall economy. Whether homeowners or potential buyers know this is another matter, but what you say is only one anecdotal "feeling", a blip in the factual ocean. Let us just focus on one thing, all three are behind bars for decades and at least the largest portions of their lives for their actions. Let others reflect on the significance of this, that's the only silver lining to this story. The Phoenixville Police Department and Chester County Detectives, not to mention the business owners in Phoenixville with the vid-e-o came together to solve this tragic tale. Yet, all three perpetrators sat at the poker table as defendants, after choosing to enter into the game, and two got the expected outcome and the other played her cards poorly and, when the sentence comes in, you will see just how badly she bankrupted her hand at the table. We have three losers and one innocent man and all his friends and family affected for the rest of their lives.
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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