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Philadelphia man arrested in Delco while en route to delivering heroin

MEDIA, PA -- Today District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Ridley Township Police Captain Scott Willoughby announced the arrest of Montez K. Burke, of Philadelphia, who is facing drug trafficking charges after he was found in possession of heroin that was packaged for sale. The arrest comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, Ridley Township Police Department and Glenolden Borough Police Department.

Montez K. Burke, 21, of the 2600 block of Hobson Street in Philadelphia, is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony, and other related offenses.

On June 26, 2018, at approximately 2:50 p.m., CID detectives, along with officers from the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force and the Ridley Township and Glenolden Borough Police Departments were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area of South Avenue and MacDade Boulevard in the vicinity of the MacDade Mall in Ridley Township.

During the course of the investigation, detectives became aware that a male driving a dark blue Subaru Station Wagon, which was known to law enforcement, was traveling from Philadelphia to the MacDade Mall, for the purpose of delivering heroin. An officer from the Glenolden Police Department observed the vehicle and stopped the Subaru in the MacDade Mall parking lot.

Montez Burke was removed from the driver’s seat of the vehicle and was found to be in possession of a large amount of cash. Burke, who appeared extremely nervous, stated he was traveling from Philadelphia to Claymont, Delaware, but had to get gas so he opted to make a detour to the gas station on MacDade Boulevard and South Avenue. A Ridley Township K-9 Police Unit arrived on scene. Upon exposure to the interior of the vehicle, K-9 Hannes, a German Shepard, alerted to the presence of controlled substances in the vicinity of the middle console where police then located 59 bags of heroin, stamped "MONTANA," hidden under the console.

Montez K. Burke was taken into custody, arraigned and remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $1,000,000/10% bail set by Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl.

“Working together with our police departments, our Narcotics Task Force will continue to aggressively investigate and arrest drug dealers who are perpetuating the opioid epidemic that is killing our residents and tearing families apart here in Delaware County and across the country,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In the case of Montez Burke, due to the excellent investigative work of CID detectives, Ridley Township Police, Glenolden Borough Police, and our Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, law enforcement was able to stop a heroin dealer who was selling deadly drugs that can cause an instant overdose and even death.”

Deputy District Attorney Sharon McKenna, Chief of the Narcotics Unit, is prosecuting the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

CRIMINAL CHARGES, AND ANY DISCUSSION THEREOF, ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.

OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY
DELAWARE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19063
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610-891-4161

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND, DISTRICT ATTORNEY
JOSEPH A. RYAN, CHIEF OF DETECTIVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 28, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252