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Public Corruption in Chester County, PA

I believe an unlikely mix of alleged drug trafficking related politicos and alleged white nationalist related politicos united to elect the infamous “Bloc of Four” in the abysmal voter turnout election of 2005. During their four year term the drug business was good again and white nationalists used Coatesville as an example on white supremacist websites like “Stormfront”. Strong community organization and support from law enforcement, in particular Chester County District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll has begun to turn our community around. The Chester County drug trafficking that I believe centers on Coatesville continues and I believe we still have public officials in place that profit from the drug sales. But the people here are amazing and continue to work against the odds to make Coatesville a good place to live.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

I decided to add this as a post instead of a reply

I revised the introduction to the Coatesville Dems blog to reflect exactly what it is I do here.

I decided to add this as a post, instead of only a reply, to this comment of the post SMALLWOOD DISBARRED ATTORNEY SMALLWOOD MOSAIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS:
“I would like to see someone do a background check on the candidates for City Council. I am sure all of them have made some mistakes in their life. This is a good company. Instead of trying to smear their name perhaps people should argue the merits of the proposal!”

I stand by what I have said about Mosaic and I can back it up if necessary.

I have checked for any criminal records of all the candidates in this and all other elections since I have lived in Chester County. At times I have hired CFR-Cloud, Feehery, & Richter, Inc. when I had trouble finding information myself.

I have law enforcement contacts at local and Federal levels.

Since this is Coatesville, PA it is not surprising that a few of the candidates now running in this local Election do have felony convictions that they are hiding. If they should win I will do what I can to remove them from office.

The candidates supported by the Coatesville Democratic Party have no criminal records, not even misdemeanor criminal records. That is part of the reason they were chosen.

It is my opinion that pubic corruption in the City of Coatesville is at a truly astounding level.

In some parts of Coatesville the social life is a closed loop of families that go back for generations. Not necessarily a bad thing. “Coatesvillians” are a very friendly and loving people. I have spent some very good and memorable moments with long time Coatesville residents.

Think of Coatesville like a village in Sicily or the suburbs of Naples. It is not that bad here. The drug dealers here are not even close to being as effective or as brutal as the Mafia or the Camorra. But I think that the money from drug trafficking trickles down and spreads into nearly every corner of Coatesville and is major portion of the economy and political life here. The fact that many people know not only your immediate family but nearly all of your extended family and where they live makes it very easy to for a climate of fear to spread in certain areas of the city. The money and the fear make people be inclined to not hear or see things.

It is very hard to sit and listen to the victims of violent crimes here tell their stories. I don’t know how the police, district attorneys and social workers can do it.

I believe that public corruption and organized crime in the form of drug trafficking is the primary impediment to the redevelopment of Coatesville.

The current administration eliminated the CPD Narcotics Division, the CPD Bicycle Patrol and a Police Lt. who is said to have more knowledge of the players in drug trafficking than any other single person and that District Attorney Joe Carroll said was extremely important in his investigations. Joe Carroll said “I want Lieutenant Matt Gordon back”. Joe never got him back. Those facts arouse my suspicions about the city administration.

I believe that Coatesville has the potential to become the primary destination place in Chester County PA; but right now it is the primary destination place of anyone who wants to move “product” in Chester County.

That needs to change.

I believe that we need a massive increase in drug trafficking enforcement to do that. That level of drug trafficking enforcement does not need to be permanent. It does need to happen so that drug crime Coatesville is ordinary manageable level like it is similar cities like Phoenixville or West Chester. When that is achieved the redevelopment of Coatesville will be possible.


  1. Jim - I think its your responsibility to let the voters know exactly who (running for city council) have criminal records. I for one would certainly appreciate it.

  2. Erik,
    It is unlikely that those candidates will win.

    I the event that they do win; someone will go to them and ask them to withdraw (usually for “personal reasons”). If that does not work then someone, usually the District Attorney will have to go to court and it would be very public.

    They are good people. I do not want to publicly embarrass someone needlessly.


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