As a community, Upper Darby has seen its share of drug arrests by the police department and this weekend they were back at it. According to Superintendent Mike Chitwood, complaints from neighbors led to the latest drug bust in the township and this one led to a large methamphetamine dealer. One business was shut down and 5 people faced charges ranging from drug possession to drug distribution. Multiple addresses were involved including Upper Darby and Drexel Hill.
Superintendent Chitwood stated that the arrests came after numerous complaints from neighbors about possible illegal drug activity at Marturano’s Barber Shop, located on Concord Road in Drexel Hill. The investigation into that business led to the alleged suspects being arrested and search warrants being issued for 3 properties. In conjunction with the Delaware County District Attorney Drug Task Force, Upper Darby served the warrants at Marturano’s Barber Shop, 812 Concord Ave., and an apartment on the first block of South State Road, and an apartment on the 3800 block of Berkley Avenue, on Friday. Arrested were, Michael Marturano, 32, of the first block of South State Road, and his girlfriend, Gina Whittaker, 25, of the 2500 block of Stoneybrook Drive, Drexel Hill, John McCauley, 45, and Margaret Guinan, 43, both of the 3800 block of Berkley Avenue and Charles Halfpenny, 36, of the 3900 block of Dennison Avenue, Drexel Hill.
Methamphetamine is not a drug that is seen too often in the area but according to Superintendent Chitwood, it is an equally dangerous drug that “meth is that it not only destroys them physically and mentally but it also makes the nuts and whacky” and that “We’re starting to see it more and more. Methamphetamine is raising its ugly head and it’s the ugliest you can see.” Also seized in the bust were two handguns, two motorcycles, a Warlocks Motorcycle Club jacket, a total of $2,209 and brass knuckles. According to Superintendent Chitwood, “Marturano, who is a convicted felon was allegedly in possession of a gun and a set of brass knuckles which “he shouldn’t, (have) because he’s a convicted felon.”
This investigation began with a simply enough with the complaints of neighbors who recognized that there were involved in allegedly illegal activity. As Superintendent Chitwood remarked, “Crime is a community problem,” and that “Making our community safe for you is our highest priority.” Anonymous tips can always be called in to the Upper Darby Police Department at 610-734-3439.