Krasner announces arrests of 57 linked to 'Alameda' drug traffickers in Kensington

Drug ring was suffocating a large chuck of Kensington, investigators said

Kristen Johanson
October 04, 2018 - 3:44 pm
District Attorney Larry Krasner explains the results of a nine-month-long investigation that linked 57 people to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood.

Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After an extensive nine-month-long investigation, Philadelphia investigators have announced charges against 57 people linked to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood. 

Investigators say German Alameda, along with Jerimiah Figueroa and Orlando Moran, led the Alameda Drug Trafficking Organization.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said they sold heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine, and rented out streets for drug dealers to take over neighborhoods.

"The majority of residents falls below the poverty line," Krasner said Thursday. "Thousands of families live near Kip and Cambria, with several grade schools, a hospital, a retirement home in the immediate area controlled by the Alameda Drug Trafficking Organization."

Prosecutor Ryan Slaven said the focus was around Kip and Cambria streets.

"Our estimates on a daily consumption on this block range from $5,000 to $10,000 in daily narcotic sales," Slaven said.

That's at a rate of about $10 a dose.

Staff Inspector Mike Cram works in the neighborhood and says as police served warrants, residents would thank them.

"They would mouth, like, 'Thank you,' but they couldn't come out and say it," he said. "It goes to the power of Mr. Alameda that no one has even attempted to fill that void right now."

The trio now faces nearly 700 charges combined and are due in court next month.

"Enough is enough," tweeted Mayor Jim Kenney. "What’s going on in Kensington isn’t acceptable. We must do more right now to help Kensington & our city recover as soon as possible. This emergency declaration unites and empowers City agencies and partners immediately so we can fix this."

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez also issued a statement following Krasner's press conference: "This crisis is severe and must not be normalized any longer. The residents of this community deserve a safe, clean neighborhood. The daily trauma of this crisis is not acceptable.

"To improve treatment options, Temple's Episcopal campus is working with local partners to increase service capacity for outreach and treatment, not a safe injection site. The private group established to open an injection site has no location in Kensington."