January 11, 2013: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Dangerous Drug Offenders Unit (DDOU) arrested 39 year-old Anthony DeRosa of the 200 block of Butler Street in Wilkes Barre, Pa and 47-year-old Eric Boehm of the 200 block of Main Street in Goshen, NY after the two men tried to sell 20 pounds of high grade marijuana to undercover officers in the parking lot of the Franklin Mills Mall last night shortly after 10pm. Both defendants have been charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Use of Communication Device and Criminal Conspiracy.
DeRosa and Boehm drove from Wilkes Barre in a 2002 Chrysler Voyager mini-van with the marijuana in the back of the vehicle. Their arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into narcotics trafficking from the Wilkes Barre/Scranton area into Philadelphia. After obtaining a search warrant, 20 vacuum sealed plastic bags filled with marijuana were found by agents in a brown and tan suitcase. The suitcase was hidden under painter’s tarps and tools. The marijuana has a street value of approximately 100 thousand dollars.
The DDOU was aided in this investigation and arrest by Philadelphia Police Highway Patrol, SWAT and K-9 units.
Both defendants were arraigned overnight, bail was set at 200 thousand dollars each, and they are scheduled for a Nebbia hearing on 1/25/13 in courtroom 1006. A Nebbia hearing determines that the money used for bail was not obtained from illegal activities.