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October 27, 2014
Guns, drugs and cash seized in Upper Darby raid (Philadelphia)
Two handguns and two rifles, almost $100,000 and a quantity of methamphetamines and steroids were seized when police raided a Drexel Hill row home Friday morning, authorities said. “We knew he was dealing drugs because we had information and complaints about drug trafficking in and out of the house,” police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. “We recovered $100,000, four firearms, including two loaded handguns, methamphetamines, pills and steroids. The have a street value of $50,000. This is a big hit. I don’t think I’ve recovered that much money in my tenure. We had no idea it would such a significant amount.” Paul A. Hudecki, 38, of the 2200 block of Windsor Avenue, wasn’t home when police entered the house at 6:05 a.m. Friday, but arrived within 10 minutes and was taken into custody. “He was shocked,” Chitwood said. “We had officers at the foot of the street. The information we had was that he was illegally dispensing methamphetamines and steroids. These are drugs we normally don’t encounter. Usually it’s marijuana and heroin. “It looks like this was a nationwide collaboration because the steroids came from California and Florida. It looks like he was using the U.S. mail for his delivery because we found postal service boxes from California and Florida in the house. With that amount of money and drugs, he’s a major distributor. Obviously, he wasn’t putting the money in the bank. We found $98,800 in an unlocked safe in the rear bedroom.” According to the affidavit, Upper Darby Narcotics Division officers entered the house and scoured the three bedrooms where a majority of the contraband was seized as evidence. Police found baggies of suspected methamphetamine, jars of liquid anabolic steroids, 318 jars of HGH (human growth hormone), a quantity of pills, a digital scale and numerous new hypodermic needles used to inject anabolic steroids in the right rear bedroom. A black Sentry brand safe containing the money in primarily $100 bills, an AK-47 assault rifle and an AR-15 rifle, another digital scale and suspected methamphetamines were found in the left rear bedroom and seized as evidence, police said. The master bedroom had two loaded handguns, a Glock 9 mm and Smith & Wesson .357 magnum, a quantity of pills, $250, tally sheets with names and dollar amounts of anabolic steroids and methamphetamine sales and an iPad. All three bedrooms had ammunition for the four guns. Police conducted a pat down search of the defendant and seized two cellphones, $30 and identification as evidence. “All three rooms searched were used as bedrooms,” Chitwood said. “We found most of the items inside closets. Other stuff was on a desk or in the desk drawer.” Some of the drugs field tested positive for the in presence of marijuana and methamphetamine. The suspected anabolic steroids will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab for analysis. A woman who resides with Hudecki was not charged. “He owned up to it, admitting they were his,” Chitwood said of the contraband. Hudecki was arraigned on charges of violation of the Health and Safety Act for drug dealing and drug possession of anabolic steroids and methamphetamines, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Thursday Oct. 30 before Magisterial District Judge Nicholas Lippincott. http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20141027/guns-drugs-and-cash-seized-in-upper-darby-raid