Royersford Man Facing Drug Charges in Joint Investigation
WEST CHESTER PA – A 34-year-old Royersford man, formerly of Pottstown, has been arrested on multiple charges after law enforcers found more than 37 pounds of illegal drugs in his home, located in part near his children’s toys, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said Tuesday (June 28, 2022).
Joseph Morgan III was taken into custody following a months-long investigation jointly conducted by detectives from Chester and Montgomery counties, and the Upper Providence Police Department. He is being held at Chester County Prison after failing to post a $100,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Justice John Hipple in his North Coventry courtroom.
A preliminary hearing in the case is set for July 5 (Tuesday). Michelle Thurstlic O’Neill of Ryan’s office is the assigned prosecutor.
Drugs with a street value of more than $100,000, as well as $4,000 in cash, digital scales, and drug paraphernalia were seized June 17 (Friday) from the kitchen and basement of the Aubrey Circle, Royersford, home Morgan occupied with his wife and two young children. Toys in the basement “were within reach of where he kept the drugs,” Ryan alleged.
The drugs included 20 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of marijuana, prescription pills, and 178 Suboxone strips. Morgan faces multiple counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, endangering the welfare of a child, and related charges.
The joint investigation into the defendant’s alleged drug trafficking of cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana began during November 2021, when he was living in Pottstown, and then continued in Royersford after Morgan moved there, Ryan explained. Detectives learned he used social media and a cell phone to conduct drug transactions. They arranged to buy cocaine by texting the phone.
“This large bust prevents a serious drug dealer from selling his poison to people in Chester and Montgomery counties,” Ryan said. “Detectives in both counties had their ears to the ground to take down Joseph Morgan, a man with no regard for the lives of others, including his own children … Residents are much safer now that he is off the streets.”
She praised the collaboration between the Chester County Drug Strike Force, Montgomery County Detectives, and Upper Providence police, and thanked “everyone for bringing this drug peddler to justice.”
Ryan’s statement on the arrest also included a reminder that anyone who suffers from a substance use disorder can “contact law enforcement for help.” The Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative lets people with substance use disorders use their local police to be connected to treatment at no cost, she noted.