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Chester man arrested for drug trafficking, $300-400k of narcotics seized including 2 kilos of cocaine

MEDIA, PA -- Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Commissioner Otis Blair of the Chester Police Department announced today that Breon Lamar Chambers, 31, has been arrested and is facing drug trafficking charges related to an investigation by the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Drug Task Force that resulted in the seizure of approximately $244,000 in cash, over two kilograms of cocaine, and ten pounds of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia consistent with the sale of narcotics. In total, the seizure of narcotics has an estimated street value of $300,000 to $400,000.

Breon Lamar Chambers, 31, of Chester, is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges. He was remanded to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility after failing to post $500,000 cash bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 3, 2019. The investigation was conducted by Officer Marc Barag of Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Delaware County CID Drug Task Force.

On December 14, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., as part of an in-depth drug investigation, Officer Marc Barag was conducting hidden surveillance of the residence of Breon Chambers on West 4th Street in Chester prior to executing a search warrant at the residence. At approximately 3:15 p.m., members of the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Delaware County CID Drug Task Force arrived and executed the search warrant upon the residence. Upon making entry into the home, Breon Chambers was located and detained. Inside of the residence, authorities located a black Puma duffel bag filled with approximately $244,000 United States currency in various denominations. Officers also located another sports bag filled with various items of drug trafficking paraphernalia, including a large digital scale, numerous new and unused sandwich bags, and a bottle of cutting agent. Officers located over two kilograms of cocaine and ten vacuum sealed bags each containing one pound of marijuana, for a total weight of approximately ten pounds, for a total estimated street value of $300,000 to $400,000 of controlled substances.

Authorities noted that the arrest of Breon Chambers is a significant step for law enforcement in their daily efforts to combat drug trafficking in the city. “As we chip away at the castle of crime in Chester, this collaboration took down a wall,” said Chief James Nolan IV of the Chester Police Department. “We will continue to storm the castle until victory is achieved.”

“As the result of an outstanding effort by our narcotics officers, we have taken down a major player in the drug trafficking network in the city. We will continue to aggressively attack the source of illegal drugs and arrest dealers like Breon Chambers, who proliferate the ills of drug addiction and violence in our community,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland, “In this case, due to the excellent investigative work of Chester Police Officer Marc Barag and the Chester Narcotics Unit, with assistance from members of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID Drug Task Force, this repeat felon was taken into custody.”

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

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

KATAYOUN M. COPELAND COMMISSIONER OTIS BLAIR JOSEPH A. RYAN
DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHESTER POLICE DEPARTMENT CHIEF OF CID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: December 19, 2018
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610-891-4252