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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Chester Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 360 Months for Multiple Drug Trafficking Convictions

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Paris Church, 57, of Chester, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment by United States District Judge Gerald A. McHugh.  Church was convicted three separate times by a federal jury in March 2016, February 2017, and again in June 2017 of multiple counts of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, as well as related offenses in a case stemming from the investigation of a drug trafficking ring in Chester.

An investigation revealed that from about August 2012 until September 2014, Church and his criminal cohorts conspired to distribute illegal narcotics on the streets of Chester, PA.  More specifically, in early 2014, Church and his cohorts conspired to source roughly 20 kilograms of cocaine from a Mexican supplier.  Church was also involved in a conspiracy to receive illegal drugs from a supplier in California.

“Paris Church is a menace to the neighborhoods of Chester who needed to be convicted on federal charges three times to get the message: dealing illegal drugs and decimating neighborhoods will get you locked up for a long time,” said U.S Attorney McSwain.  “This type of drug trafficking is dangerous and fanning the flames of the drug epidemic in this country.  My office will investigate and prosecute these cases with tenacity in order to protect the community.”

The case was investigated by Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, City of Chester Police Department, Pennsylvania State Police, and Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys A. Nicole Phillips, Faithe Moore Taylor, and Robert E. Eckert.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 2, 2019