AG’s Office: Drug Lords Rented Street Corners To Dealers In Kensington



by Alex Lloyd Gross

June 9,2022

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced the arrest of 23 suspected drug dealers in the latest Kensington Initiative during a press conference held today.  It was at the McVeigh Recreation Center on D Street that he stood before the press and said that two males, Curtis Coates Sr. and his son, Curtis Coates Jr. allegedly rented several street corners and allowed drug dealers to sell Fenanyl, heroin and other drugs in front of playgrounds, Shapiro said.

 

The two were paid up to  $3000.00 a week by dealers. They did not own the corners, “They stole the corners, from citizens,” Shapiro said. The sales went on 24 hours a day, with huge profits being made. during yesterday’s raid,  Agents also seized 29 firearms including , 2,489 grams, or 82,966 doses, of heroin/Fentanyl, 47 grams of meth, and $179,000 in cash.  No ghost guns were found.

According to Shapiro, the source of the drugs is being investigated. He did say that his office found that drugs are coming in through the US Mail.  Of those arrested,  at least seven were in possession of a gun in spite of the fact they were not allowed to have one. In one instance, Moises Rivera was found to have four active bench warrants out for him as well as him being on probation for drug charges, Shapiro said.

Shapiro said that his office is requesting high bail for the defendants Curtis Coates Sr. is being held on $3 million bail. His son is under a million bail.  Authorities said that the accused cannot use money  they got from ill gotten gains to bail out of jail. Bail money has to be accountable, Shapiro said.

Alex Lloyd Gross Photo-Delaware Valley News.com Attorney General Shapiro gestures towards a map where the alleged dealers operated.

 

This is the seventh press conference held since 2018 for the Kensington Initiative  It is the first time that agents saw street corners being rented for the purpose of selling drugs .  Agents also seized several ATV’s and recovered five ATV’s that were reported stolen. In spite of the violent nature of the drug trade, no agents or suspects were hurt during the arrests.

“We are not going anywhere,” Shapiro said.  Since the initiative, he said when an area has been cleared,  dealers have not returned to that area.

 

 

 

 


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5 thoughts on “AG’s Office: Drug Lords Rented Street Corners To Dealers In Kensington

  1. Surely everyone below the second line is a user they’re going to make a dealer on paper. It’s an election year. So, even if these addicts get clean, they’ll carry a felony for the rest of their lives, all so Shapiro can use them as disposable tools, in his pursuit of higher office. It’s a game they play with people’s lives.

    1. I agree with you. They haven’t cared a damn about Kensington in years and years and the last race showed him that people are fed up with the way the city is being run.

  2. See the common thread here? Get ready for more of the same with our southern open border thanks to Brandon

    1. That is very racist of you! Most of the people on the list with Hispanic last names were born here. You should really fact check. Also I am Hispanic/Latina and I have never used drugs, never committed a crime, and am college educated. I work hard for my money and I don’t expect any hand outs. Please stop using ignorance to blame one ethnicity for all the problems of the world. Every, I repeat every race/ethnicity has good people and bad!!! Stop it! Oh and by the way I lived in Kensington for 5 years and most of the drug users are white, never did I say all white people are crackheads because of the many people I see down there dipping. No because that is the choice of the individual not of the race/ethnicity!!!!

    2. Now that is just ignorant
      Ethnicity has nothing to do with the it
      It is the choices that people of every ethnicity make. Look, I have seen more white people than anything hooked and messed up in the head if you do some research you’d find that most serial killers are white so let’s not go there please. It is the choices that we make as humans and from those choices we make mistakes and from those mistakes we either learn or continue to make them which brings me back to we make the choice.
      Not to mention one of those people on that picture happens to be one of my best friends and I can assure he is not a bad person in the contrary he has one of the biggest hearts and he was one of those kids that had to learn to survive out here and sometimes as children we forget or aren’t reminded very often or taught that after a certain age you have rights and you can change and make better choices and that the steps you have to take are not hard but most of those children by the time you hit 18 you have been Locked up you may have if not one but several arrests records already that even if you try to change your life around no one wants to take a chance on you. It sucks, a lot of people see it one sided but until you actually know the struggle, the real struggle, true struggle I don’t think you have any business to point a finger or blame it on someone’s ethnicity… 🤷🏽‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏿‍♀️ And those are just FACTS.

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