PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Anthony Hall, 45, of Philadelphia, PA was convicted of conspiracy to distribute PCP and other substantive drug charges following a trial which lasted a week and a half.
The defendant was a member of a large drug trafficking organization (DTO) which sold the drug PCP in bulk on the streets of Philadelphia for at least six months in 2015. After a lengthy investigation, evidence presented at trial showed that the DTO utilized a property on North Broad Street, just blocks from Temple University, from which it ran a 24/7 operation using numerous distributors in the immediate vicinity.
The investigation and prosecution of this DTO dates back years. Members of the DTO were originally indicted in 2015 under the caption United States v. Nayeem Gordon, et al. Thereafter, the grand jury returned a Superseding Indictment with additional drug trafficking charges against a total of fourteen defendants in 2019. After most of those defendants pled guilty, defendant Hall was the lone member of the group to go to trial.
“Hall and other members of this drug organization pumped huge quantities of a highly toxic, hallucinogenic, and often deadly drug into our community,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams. “Drug trafficking delivers destruction to our communities. As is evident by the many years spent prosecuting this case, our Office is determined to investigate and convict these criminals, and put them behind bars.”
Hall faces a significant sentence in excess of the mandatory minimum under federal sentencing guidelines.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration with assistance from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Gun Violence Task Force and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys MaryTeresa Soltis and Anthony Wzorek.