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Upper Darby man sentenced to 6 to 12 years for illegal firearm and intending on distributing over 1,000 pills and 13 pounds of marijuana

MEDIA, PA --Today District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced that Donte T. Williams of Upper Darby, was sentenced to 6 to 12 years incarceration after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges that were the result of an investigation that uncovered approximately 13 pounds of marijuana, more than 1,000 prescription pills including Percocet, Adderall, Xanax, along with various other controlled substances, and an illegal firearm. The arrest and investigation were conducted by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force and the Upper Darby Township Police Department.

Donte Williams, 31, of the 700 block of Burmont Road, pleaded guilty on November 26, 2018, to possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance and convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. Capuzzi, Sr., to 6 to 12 years in state prison, in addition to five years of consecutive probation. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and $66,619 to the Commonwealth.

On April 26, 2018, Detective Steven Bannar of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office CID Narcotics Unit, Officer John News of the Upper Darby Police Department, other officers with the Upper Darby Police Department, along with members of the Delaware County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant Williams’ residence located on the 700 block of Burmont Road in the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Township. When police approached the property, Donte Williams was exercising in the enclosed courtyard area. At this time, police detained Williams, who waived his Miranda Rights and spoke to police, indicating that there was “a lot of weed” in the apartment, in addition to a gun and $10,000 in cash. Inside the apartment, police located a stolen .38 special revolver with a taped grip loaded with five .38 caliber bullets and approximately 13 pounds of marijuana that was contained in a large plastic bin as well as in smaller bags that were pre-packaged for sale. As the search continued, police located thirty different prescription bottles and more than 1,000 pills including Percocet, Adderall, Xanax, and various other controlled substances. Police also located a black digital scale, empty glass vials, bagging materials and a large vacuum sealer along with plastic bags. Police seized a dark blue Mercedes Benz C300 owned by the defendant. A check of Williams’ background revealed he had been previously convicted of a felony drug trafficking offense and a firearm offense, making him ineligible to legally possess a firearm.

“We are currently in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Every day, our loved ones are suffering and dying because of the deadly, addictive drugs being sold by individuals like Mr. Williams who have no regard for their community,” said District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland. “In this case, due to the excellent investigative work of CID Detective Steven Bannar and Officer John News of the Upper Darby Township Police Department, with assistance from our Delaware County Narcotics Task Force, this drug dealer was apprehended. I would like to also commend Assistant District Attorney Meaghan Wagner who prosecuted this case to ensure Mr. Williams can no longer profit from the misfortunes of others.”

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: January 11, 2019
CONTACT PERSON: Emily H. Harris, 610.891.4252