16 charged, accused of being part of ring that shipped drugs inside stuffed animals

Jim Melwert
June 25, 2019 - 4:56 pm

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa.  (KYW Newsradio) — Sixteen people are charged in a drug smuggling ring that authorities say shipped drugs in stuffed animals and used stolen identities to rent luxury apartments in Montgomery County. 

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office says 29-year-old Amir Green was the head of a group shipping oxycodone pills, marijuana, and fentanyl inside stuffed bunnies and teddy bears.

According to the 357-page criminal complaint, the investigation began when Upper Merion police were tipped off to drug trafficking in an apartment complex in King of Prussia.

The complaint says Green had a contact in Los Angeles, Willie Webster, who would ship him the drugs to distribute to dealers in the region.

Investigators say they believe Webster shipped thousands of oxycodone pills, and when they served a series of search warrants they recovered eight guns, 432 oxycodone pills, about three pounds of marijuana, 152 THC vape cartridges, fentanyl and other opioid derivatives used to cut the fentanyl.

The complaint also accuses members of the group of stealing identities and forging documents to lease apartments. 

Webster was arrested in California and will be extradited to Pennsylvania.

One of the defendants, the complaint says, has a Facebook page advertising her company that creates fake pay stubs to help people buy cars or rent apartments.