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Posted: 1/12/2005 12:52:03 PM EDT
Drug Bust Yields $1.7 Million In Crystal Meth
Police Believe Suspect Was About To Start Drug Production Lab

POSTED: 6:06 p.m. EST January 11, 2005
UPDATED: 6:06 p.m. EST January 11, 2005


Story by nbc10.com

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia police made one of the biggest drug busts in city history Tuesday.

Investigators arrested one man and confiscated more than $1 million in drugs. An anonymous tip led police to the arrest. Sources told NBC 10 News that the suspect has ties to a major drug organization and that this arrest could be just the tip of the iceberg. Police would not confirm that information.

"I'm really shocked. I'm just happy they got it out of here," said Valerie Martinez.

Martinez is glad to have roughly 37 pounds of methamphetamine -- better known as crystal meth -- out of her neighborhood.

Police said the drugs were found in the basement of her neighbor's row house after police raided it early Tuesday morning.

Boyd Cramer, 44, was arrested and charged with several drug-related offenses.

"They were screaming in front of the door. There must have been at least 20 police officers and they banged down the door," Martinez said.

Police used drug-sniffing dogs to find the crystal meth, which they say was stashed in two safes that were buried under a washing machine in the basement floor.

Police also confiscated drug manufacturing material, cash, five cars and two Harley Davidson motorcycles

Authorities believe that Cramer was about to set up labs to produce meth and marijuana.

"We're not just into going after the street corner drugs sales anymore, we're going after organizations, major drug dealers, " said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson.

The confiscated drugs have a value of $1.7 million. That is one reason why authorities were shocked to find a welfare card in the raid.

"While he was manufacturing drugs he appears, also, to be collecting public welfare," said District Attorney Lynne Abraham. Cramer has been charged with five different offenses.



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Didnt someone from the PA crew say meth is not a problem in PA?
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 12:53:04 PM EDT


Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Drug Bust Yields $1.7 Million In Crystal Meth
Police Believe Suspect Was About To Start Drug Production Lab



Gee, ya think so?

Link Posted: 1/12/2005 12:54:53 PM EDT
...and he was on welfare. Great way to jump start your business.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 12:56:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 12:56:56 PM EDT by Mmanwitgun]
37 pounds thats more than any junkie will use their entire life.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:01:13 PM EDT
37 lbs down and about a million to go.

That shit is so rampant in the Mid west its not even funny.

Up with hope down with dope.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:03:16 PM EDT
Yeah, and it is the reason I can't buy more than 3 packs of actifed at a time anywhere ........
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:10:27 PM EDT
37lb??


GREAT GOOGLY MOOGLY!


And he was about to START producing??
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:49:08 PM EDT
Start?????

How many sudafed tabs would it take to make that much meth???
How many lithium batteries, etc.

The trash man had to have been in on it, cause you couldn't hide that much trash without getting busted..
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 1:59:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 2:10:37 PM EDT by olds442tyguy]
I live in Nebraska so 37 is not that extreme. About 10 miles from my house a guy got caught with a semi tanker (you know, the ones they carry gas in) full of anhydrous amonia. Not that wild except it was in a highly residentila area. About two miles away from an elementary school, and about a quarter mile from one of the most popular lakes.
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:02:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/12/2005 2:03:05 PM EDT by Avtomat]
Much more than that found this week in Ala.:

www.al.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-11/110547925119980.xml&storylist=alabamanews



According to authorities, the trooper found a hidden compartment in the truck's bed where 66.25 pounds of methamphetamine and another 18.7 pounds of a purer form of meth known as "ice" had been hidden. Officials said the street value of the regular meth was estimated at $3.7 million and the "ice" $4.6 million.


Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:04:58 PM EDT
1 row house
37 pounds crystal meth .
drug manufacturing material,
cash,
five cars
two Harley Davidson motorcycles


and one welfare card
Link Posted: 1/12/2005 2:14:28 PM EDT
37 pounds...... I wonder how many rotten teeth that equates to ?
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