Upper Darby Police fighting to keep streets safe nab drug dealer




Brian Dercole

Thomas Beswick

Brian Dercole

Upper Darby Police Department, acting on a tips from a confidential informant, moved in to shut down another drug dealer. This time the move came to the property on the 3700 block of Beverly Boulevard where police also found 2 unregistered weapons within the property.  Thomas Beswick, 25, and Brian Dercole, who is 17 but is being charged as an adult, were arrested after a search warrant was acted on Friday morning at 6 a.m. They are now   are being held at the county prison in lieu of bail – set at $50,000 cash for Beswick and 10 percent of $50,000 for Dercole.

Found at the property were “a small amount of cocaine and marijuana” which was recovered from the bedrooms of both men during the search. Also recovered were two firearms, a 12-gauge shotgun found next to the bed in Beswick’s room and a .22-caliber long rifle found up against a corner wall in Dercole’s bedroom, the circumstances of which remain under investigation.  According to Superintendent of Police Michael Chitwood, Beswick is charged with drug possession; small amount of marijuana for personal use; possession or use of drug paraphernalia; and resisting arrest, according to online court records. Meanwhile, Dercole is also charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use; and possession or use of drug paraphernalia.


Chitwood went on to describe the 2nd floor apartment as a “pigpen.”  The township’s health department was notified and an inspector deemed the residence uninhabitable, Chitwood added. He also stated that there was an illegal electrical hookup, which ran between the basement and the apartment which posed an extreme safety hazard. Chitwood also announced that the confidential informant made “several buys in the last month or two.”


Preliminary hearings for Beswick and Dercole are listed for May 12 before Magisterial District Judge Nicholas S. Lippincott, whose court in Upper Providence is the county’s designated “drug court.”