heroin resourceEarly Friday morning, Upper Darby police took down a peddler of death with the arrest of Malcolm Peck. The Upper Darby Police Department, after making controlled buys from the 24-year-old suspect, hit Peck’s home on Clover Lane in the Stonehurst section of Upper Darby. Upper Darby police worked with members of the Delaware County Drug Task Force on this arrest. Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood announced the arrest on Sunday of the alleged dealer as well as his mother, 46-year-old Tionne Peck.

In an interview Chitwood said that in the home the investigators found 407 bags of heroin, they also found 59 bags of crack cocaine, 3 grams of pure heroin, 2 grams of pure crack cocaine, and myriad paraphernalia including scales, razors and cutting and packaging materials. Chitwood said that “the way the drugs were inside the house; no way mom didn’t know there was a drug operation.” He also stated that drugs were found throughout the house. “The drugs were all over the house. Heroin (was found) in a kitchen cabinet. Some in the rear bedroom.”

According to online court records, the mother, Tionne Peck and her son, Malcolm Peck were charged with possession with the intent to deliver, possession of paraphernalia and conspiracy. Malcolm Peck is also charged with possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use. According to court records Tionne Peck has a lengthy criminal record which includes arrests for firearm offenses and drug possession charges.

Chitwood talked about this arrest but also focused on how heroin has become “the great American tragedy.” It was only last week when an Upper Darby police officer revived a man who had overdosed while riding on a Septa bus. The release of the video of the man shooting up, passing out and the Upper Darby officer reviving him with Narcan has gone national. Chitwood called the heroin surge frustrating as “the quicker you take them off the streets, the quicker somebody is there to take their place.”