Drug Case Cooperator Found Dead 45 Minutes After Cutting Deal In Court

Drug Case Cooperator Found Dead 45 Minutes After Cutting Deal In Court

Anthony Reaves, 41, thought he was in the clear. Last Monday, he struck a deal with prosecutors in a Delaware County, PA, court. He pleaded guilty to being a member of a drug organization, conspiracy and drug charges and was sentenced to only eight years of probation (no jail time). Around 3PM that afternoon, Reaves was gunned down as he drove through Southwest Philadelphia by two shooters. “We would call it an execution. I mean they meant to do this guy, they get him from both sides of the car. Over a dozen ballistic pieces of evidence,” said John Apeldorn of the Citizens Crime Commission.

According to Fox 29:

Reaves was a defendant in the highly publicized “Operation Bennett Trifecta”, a state and local undercover drug operation, that took down a reputed drug gang from Ruth L. Bennett Home is in Chester. Authorities alleged the organization trafficked in $5 to $15 million in cocaine sales under alleged ringleader James Townsend.

“The Townsend Organization effectively used the cover of the housing development for distribution of large amounts of cocaine,” former Attorney General Kathleen Kane said at the time of the arrests in 2016.

The information that Reaves was willing to spill to the authorities was apparently substantial, according to Apeldorn who said, “It was a very lenient sentence. You’ve got three felonies on this guy. For him to just get up and walk out of court there was a big deal made.”

According to a spokesperson for the attorney general, Reaves was a cooperator and not a witness in the case. Even though his identity was disclosed months ago, he refused to be relocated twice.

It is still unknown whether or not Reaves was killed in connection with the case. An investigation is underway.

Read here about how the parents of an informant sued after their son ended up dead.

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