PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Nearly two-dozen members of rival gangs in Chester, Pa., were arrested early Monday and charged with drug trafficking and firearms offenses.
U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain, FBI agent Michael Harpster, DEA agent Jonathan Wilson, and Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun Copeland announced two parallel indictments charging the 22 men, alleged to be members of the “3rd Bone” and the “William Penn” drug trafficking groups.
Authorities say the two groups controlled adjacent drug territories in the western part of Chester, distributing drugs cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to customers, and defending their respective drug territories with armed violence.
The 70-count indictment involving the 3rd Bone group lists 13 individuals:
- Deshaun Davis, 34, of Chester
- Dwayne Butler, 25, of Chester
- Tyleel Scott-Harper, 23, of Chester
- Brandon Scott-Harper, 20, of Chester
- Michael Wright, 20, of Chester
- Isiah Jenifer, 22, of Chester
- Frederick Rochester, 27, of Chester
- Jamel Covington, 29, of Chester
- Johvon Covington, 30, of Chester
- Derrick Cooper, 25, of Upland
- Frederick Donaldson, 25, of Chester
- Perley Mack, Jr., 24, of Marcus Hook
- Shahaad Sterling, 21, of Chester
The 19-count indictment involving the William Penn group lists nine individuals:
- Issac Barrett, 33, of Essington
- Kaleaf Gilbert, 27, of Chester
- Darnell Bell, 29, of Chester
- Terrence Womack, 32, of Chester
- Brennen Lane, 31, of Chester
- Dion Kattes, 21, of Chester
- Saequan Womack, 26, of Chester
- Jamar Bright, 31, of Chester
- Kevin Nichols, 57, of Chester
The indictments follow a multi-year joint investigation involving the United States Attorney’s Office, FBI, DEA, Chester City Police, and the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office.
If convicted, each of the defendants faces at least 20 years of potential imprisonment. Several of the senior members of the two groups, face potential life sentences.