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How Chesco heroin crackdown is connected to Phoenixville area


By Phoenix Staff Report

Monday, April 22, 2013

Two out of the 10 alleged heroin dealers arrested because of a “multi-agency” effort during the past year were apprehended in East Pikeland and Phoenixville.
Jeffrey M. Gavin, 34, is from Ruth Avenue, East Pikeland Township, and Joseph M. McIntosh, 31, of Philadelphia, was about to sell heroin to someone outside of the 7-11 store on Nutt Road.
According to a press release issued by the office of Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan, the Phoenixville part of the investigation began with a 22-year-old Phoenixville woman dying from a heroin overdose. Authorities pulled a friend of the deceased girl temporarily out of prison and had her call McIntosh. The informant arranged for McIntosh to meet her at the 7-11 store.
When McIntosh called the informant’s cell phone at the store, uniformed police and police in plain clothes pulled up to McIntosh’s car and told him to get out of the vehicle.
He tried to run away, but the police captured him immediately.
McIntosh had drugs, drug paraphernalia, a cell phone and several hundred dollars on his person, according to police.
Police said he had more than one ounce of heroin in bulk and individual baggies, a digital scale, more than 100 of unused wax paper baggies and more than 30 new plastic sandwich bags used to package drugs.
According to a press release, a female informant told East Pikeland police where Gavin lived. During a trash pull on April 11, 2013, at Gavin’s residence, police recovered 75 small zip top baggies with blue wax paper packets stamped “HAMMER TIME” and straws implicating the substance could have been snorted. Powder from the wax paper was tested and confirmed as heroin.
East Pikeland Township officers and officers from the Chester County task force executed a search warrant at Gavin’s residence on April 12, 2013.
According to an affidavit, an officer recovered three bundles from Gavin. Inside the bundles was an off-white powdery substance in blue wax paper bags stamped “Trick or Treat.” Gavin also had a roll of $760 on him, police said. After a field test, the powder tested positive of heroin.
Also discovered during the search were the same baggies found during the trash pull, a scale and a cardboard box hidden on a ceiling board stamped with “Trick or Treat.” The box had 25 bundles consistent with what was on Gavin’s person, blue wax paper stamped with “Trick or Treat” which were banded together in packages of 10 individual bags per bundle.