Heroin Sting Nets 2 Phoenixville Dealers, DA Says

Police say the case started after parents found their daughter dead in her bedroom.

Two men police say were drug dealers operating out of the Phoenixville area were arrested and charged as part of a countywide crackdown on the heroin trade, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.

District Attorney Tom Hogan said that heroin is a drug that, owing to its unique addictive potential, deserves special attention from parents and law enforcement. In 2012 alone, there were 34 recorded deaths in Chester County where the deceased had heroin in their system.

“Chester County law enforcement is cracking down on heroin dealers. Heroin does not discriminate—from Main Line suburbs to rural locations, heroin turns kids into hard-core addicts or sends them to an early grave. We are going to keep locking up these dealers until they understand that they should stay out of Chester County,” the DA said in a press release.

As part of the bust, Joseph McIntosh, 31 and of Philadelphia, and Jeffrey Gavin, 34 and of East Pikeland, were both charged with dealing the drug, and will be prosecuted.

The case against McIntosh began when the parents of a 22-year-old borough woman discovered their daughter dead in her bedroom from a heroin overdose. Using a combination of interviews with the girl’s friends and a study of telephone records, police say they determined that McIntosh was the woman’s dealer.

On April 12, police say they had an informant call McIntosh and place an order for heroin, and when he arrived to make the delivery at the 7-Eleven in Phoenixville, he was arrested and taken into custody.

Gavin was also arrested on April 12, when police executed a search warrant in his home on the unit block of Ruth Avenue. Police say they had received information that he was selling heroin bundles out of the residence. (A bundle, according to authorities, is 10 discrete baggies of heroin.)

Police say they found three bundles on Gavin’s person during the raid, and another 25 in the residence. Each bundle was labeled “Trick or Treat.” (Heroin dealers are known to use brand names to distinguish their product from others’.) Gavin also possessed, according to police, drug paraphernalia and $760 cash at the time of the raid.

Gavin and McIntosh were two of ten men who were arrested during the crackdown, the DA announced. 

voice of reason April 25, 2013 at 02:17 AM
@Just Saying -- I'm glad someone else sees it! The user is buying drugs, also illegal.. but if they go tell a cop its like the dealer is the only one doing wrong. What makes one worse than the other? It's sad when lives are taken but the dealer didn't force the user to do the drug at all, let alone overdose. & the jail time for selling drugs is absurd when compared to the time sex offenders, etc serve.
Irritated April 25, 2013 at 04:03 AM
What's done is done....those boys deserved what they got. The girl was a great friend of mine...and the fact of defending the person/s who engaged in taking her life so soon is just as low....get a hold of your life for god's sake
Str8tfromdahip April 25, 2013 at 04:20 AM
@ just sayin I can follow you logic about supply and demand. But you statement about users seeking dealers and not vise versa is completely false. You know that. Stop shaving the truth to fit your argument. It is a two way street. I feel for her family and her children. I know the woman who died. It's a shame that she chose this for herself. She was actively fighting addiction. And I can guarantee that when her dealer got wind that she was back in town he stated planting seeds. See it's a game they are playing. Both dealers and players. The end result is the same for each; dead, jail, or turn the corner and try and make something of the time that you have. I could see if you were making this argument about someone selling pot but not heroin
Str8tfromdahip April 25, 2013 at 04:32 AM
@bri. How you can sit there and defend this person is beyond me. The only way that makes sense to me is if he is a relative , or dealer. I am going with the latter. His child life has about as much to do with his choices as his hair color does with his intelligence. While he may have experienced bad things at a young age. At some point we all reach an age of reason for lack of a better word. That meaning we recognize what's right and what's wrong. What we want to emulate and what we want to avoid. He chose the wrong path. He prob started selling to support his habit and then it expanded from there. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be a drug dealer. All you need is a good connect and word of mouth. As for your boy he is not going to be able to tell his way out of this one unfortunately. Which from looking at his arrest record seems to be his MO. Typical fiend siht. Start getting sick then start telling stories so you can get back huh.
VF MIKE April 25, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Not sure how everyone is making the woman out to be the victim here. From what I understand she's a mom of 2 on heroin. She made that bed. Drugs sell themselves, these guys didn't hold a gun to her head and shoot her up. That being said, glad these dirt bags are in jail where they belong. Gavin in particular is a real winner.
jk April 25, 2013 at 04:41 PM
That's crazy how someone forced her to do heroin and overdose.
jk April 25, 2013 at 04:42 PM
No one took her life.
Just Saying April 25, 2013 at 05:24 PM
My heart hurts for this girls children who will grow up without a mother! It' s so unfortunate and from what I hear and this girls childhood, she was destined for disaster. But, my argument was to not defend drug dealers but rather say they are not the only ones at fault here!
Just Saying April 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
@str8tdromedario I hope you would agree that "users" get slaps on the wrist if any punishment at all, and chance after chance... while sellers one time and there goes a couple years of your life! Its a vicious cycle! A young kid makes a mistake gets a record.. this lowers his chances of employment before someone with a "clean" record, so that' s why most people resort to selling drugs!
Just Saying April 25, 2013 at 05:33 PM
And a drug is a drug... pot, heroin, crack....all illegal!
BubbleGirl April 25, 2013 at 05:51 PM
i am glad they are getting these dealers off the streets. however, the users employ the dealers. it is sad that a young woman lost her life. if it is the same woman who was corrupted and exploited by her own mother as a young teen, then the mother bears the blame. you reap what you sow.
Just Saying April 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
@bubblegirl I agree!
John April 25, 2013 at 07:54 PM
This is unreal. Anyone who doesn't think BUYERS get in trouble, or they just get "slap on the wrist" is a complete idiot. If someone gets caught SELLING a small bag of weed, and it's their first time, guess what? It's a slap on the wrist. If afterwards, you get caught selling multiple bricks of heroin, it's going to be a much tougher penalty. If a guy gets caught buying a small bag of weed, and it's his first time, it's a slap on the wrist. If afterwards, he gets caught buying multiple bricks of heroin.....It's a much tougher penalty. See how that works? This bum is going to jail, and he should. Anyone who gets caught multiple times BUYING drugs should also go to jail. Quit trying to divert the argument. Some of you are acting like Users and Buyers never get busted and never go to jail.
voice of reason April 25, 2013 at 10:25 PM
@Bubblegirl, exactly! Very sad but is to be expected. & John, possession with intent to deliver (along with all the other charges that go along with that) carry much more time than a charge for possession of a small amount for personal use.
John April 26, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Thank you for making my point. If it's a first offense, this person's life isn't ruined.... but if he is a multiple felon, then yes, he has much harsher penalties coming his way, and he should.
John April 26, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I love how everyone is trying to push blame on someone other than the dealer. The dealer needs to be held responsible for breaking the law. The user needs to be held accountable when they get busted. But here, everyone is like 'well, the user is the one buying...' Oh, and let's blame the users mom too. For the love people, everyone charged is an adult, it's not like the dealer didn't know he was breaking the law and didn't know he would get in a lot of trouble if he got busted. Instead of working hard, he tried to take a short cut, he took a chance, got caught and is now going to do time. Why is this so hard to understand? If you don't understand, I pray you don't live in Phoenixville.
William Myers April 27, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Heroin addicts or " users" need help to be able to stay clean . It should start in prison with rehab instead of just warehousing , this would be less expensive and would help people and society . 2nd after they are out of prison they need help and support , half way houses , support groups , counciling , and lastly they need help from family , friends , and the community . Most addicts relapse and end up like the 22 year old girl , we just cannot give up on them . Leave the dealers in prison and give the " users " help .
BubbleGirl April 27, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Phoenixville Voice April 29, 2013 at 02:23 PM
just in Chester County alone
harry finster May 03, 2013 at 03:23 AM
death is natural selection
living life to the fullest May 08, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Everyone saying that girl was the one hurt yea that is sad but she was the one on drugs who didn't get help and i know a few people who was on drugs and first off they had more then one dealer and they call the dealer not the other way around and I pray for her kids it's just sad that's the road she decided to take yes the drug dealers r in the wrong it's illegal but they didn't hold a gun to her head that's her mistake but I pray for her kids an family my best friend overdosed and it was hard but I know she did it herself nobody made her....
living life to the fullest May 08, 2013 at 04:22 PM
But she messed up in that way where the drug dealers where doing illegal shit to so now they r paying for what they did.
Autumn May 18, 2013 at 06:36 AM
How can u ppl b so heartless ?? She has 2 small boys and had an ADDICTION....it's an ILLNESS!!!! Her family could read these comments and I'm sure they don't need to feel any worse than they already do! Shame on u ppl for saying its her fault!!!
Amber Lynn Pucula May 19, 2013 at 04:01 AM
its not the drugs nor the drug dealers fault that woman made that choice all on her own!! dont blame ppl for shit like that and yes cops and judges and all that do it to they just dont get caught well some do cuz they are suppose to be law enforcement which just gives them the right to do as they please
Amber Lynn Pucula May 19, 2013 at 04:04 AM
mary she might have been ur friend then obv u know it was her choice to do them drugs dont blame everyone else for her own mistakes maybe thats wat she wanted was an escape she knew the risks and did it an got a bad result from it sry not trying to be mean but she made her own choices no one forced her to do it DEALING heroin is just as bad as DOING heroin!
Amber Lynn Pucula May 19, 2013 at 04:05 AM
i agree jk!
tammy bailey May 19, 2013 at 04:33 AM
I do agree with both of these arguements. Yes it's sad that a beautiful vibrant 22 year old mom of two lost her life becauseof heroin but you have to understand that even if he would have been locked up before this, it may not have prevented this from happening because if someone is an addict they will find drugs from someone. And it is also sad to know thst this young man felt that the only way to support himself was by selling drigs. If he was a felon before this arrest,it is nearly impossible in this day and time to find a decent job that will support himself or family. So both situations are equally sad. I would like to say I'm so sorry that both families are dealing with a loss. Because just as one mother is dealing with the death of a child, there is another mom who is dealing with a loss as her child is being locked up possibly for life. And even though she will be able to visit that child, she will still notbe able to see that child do all the things that she once dreamed he or she would have!
Taylor Aaron Bennett May 19, 2013 at 02:29 PM
Heartless bastards!!!! Have sum respect
Ike May 19, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Yes , its a damn shame that this young girl lost her life to this illness.. Was she a god person before the drugs? BUT THE DEALING SHOULD GO TO JAIL FOR LIFE. THEY ARE SELLING DEATH. THESE TWO PUNKS SHOULD GET ARRESTED FOR MURDER...PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR THE RST OF THEIR SORRY AZZ LIVES... THEY ARE THE LOWEST SCUM ON EARTH.... I feel so sorry for the family of he young lady who passed away ..Was she a life long resident of our town? ...God bless her kids and her parents..
Stephanie June 06, 2013 at 07:12 PM
http://www.lycolaw.org/cases/opinions/2007/Santerlasci122107K.pdf wow, good parenting/life skills passed down from mom


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