A Philadelphia man who carried out his illegal drug trade in Norristown is on his way to prison on drug and weapons charges.
Anthony Thomas Green, 25, of the 6300 block of Baynton Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 10 ½ to 40 years in a state correctional facility on charges of possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine, possession of controlled substances, persons not to possess a firearm and firearms not to be carried without a license in connection with two incidents that happened in Norristown in April 2017.
Judge Risa Vetri Ferman who convicted Green of the charges during a non-jury trial imposed the sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Roderick Fancher contended for a lengthy prison term for Green, who was represented by defense lawyer Matthew Quigg.
An investigation of Green started on April 3, 2017, when borough police detected a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driven by Green, parked illegally on the 500 block of George Street. A lady in the vehicle told police she was in the vehicle to buy $30 worth of heroin from Green, as indicated by the criminal complaint filed by Norristown detectives.
At the point when police led a pat-down search of Green, they discovered 182 bags of suspected heroin and 39 bags of suspected methamphetamine in Green’s left pants pocket, according to the criminal complaint. When police searched Green’s vehicle they discovered a loaded Springfield Armory .40-caliber handgun underneath the driver’s seat, according to court documents.
In court documents, police alleged that Green had past convictions for other crimes that prohibited him from possessing a firearm.
After five days, on April 8, Green was back in Norristown and police claimed that at that time he got into the sale of heroin and methamphetamine to a police informant. Police then stopped Green, who was driving a blue Subaru, in the 100 block of Haws Avenue, according to a criminal complaint filed by Norristown police.
When police carried out a pat-down search of Green on that incident, they found out that he possessed a small bag containing an off-white, rock-like substance consistent with crack cocaine in his watch pocket. Police also got a warrant to search Green’s vehicle.
The search of Green’s vehicle revealed 126 small bags of suspected crack cocaine, 14 clear bags of suspected powdered cocaine, 11 bags of suspected methamphetamine, 35 bags of heroin and multiple cellphones, according to the arrest affidavit. The drugs were discovered behind a fuse box door directly below the steering wheel of Green’s vehicle, police claimed.
“The variety of narcotics possessed by Anthony Green is consistent with what is carried by street-level narcotics dealers,” police alleged in the arrest affidavit. “The multiple cellular phones possessed by Anthony Green is consistent with what is carried by street-level narcotics dealers. The extremely high volume of calls and text messages on numerous cellular phones is consistent with street-level narcotics dealers.”
The judge ordered that the firearm seized from Green be forfeited to county detectives.