Upper Darby Township is like many other towns, cities and neighborhoods that are dealing with the effects of the use of illegal drugs and the illegal use of prescription drugs. Friday, the Upper Darby police made another arrest in the township’s war on drugs. It was the third this month. 52-year-old George Scantling, of Radbourne Road, was reportedly found hiding in a basement closet when township police and members of the Delaware County Drug Task Force arrived with a warrant to search his residence. According to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood, found in the accused’s residence was more than 13 grams of cocaine, half-pound of marijuana, over 50 packages of crack cocaine and $5,100 cash.
According to Chief Chitwood, the police “started searching, everything was in the basement.” Chitwood also said that three packages of cocaine were found in a drop ceiling, while other drugs and evidence were found in a box on a shelf. Also confiscated were three phones as well as packaging materials and a scale with cocaine residue. According to Superintendent Chitwood, the raid took place after complaints from neighbors and the use of surveillance. Chitwood also stated that “We were able to establish a lot of traffic in and out, among other things”
The accused has been charged with drug possession, possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Scantling was then remanded to the county prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Judge Christopher R. Mattox. A preliminary hearing is listed for March 18 in Mattox’s court. Superintendent Chitwood wants to make it clear to any other drug dealers that “There is no dope dealer that is safe in Upper Darby Township.”