A Chester man wanted in connection with a large amount of drugs and firearms discovered in a self-storage unit last week has surrendered to police, according to his defense attorney.
“We were aware of the warrant and surrendered him to his probation officer,” said attorney Michael Jay Diamondstein. “We are still reviewing the filings at this time.”
Jamel Abdul Covington, 28, of the 300 block of Engle Street in Chester, is charged with 11 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a felony of the second degree, three counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, an ungraded felony, and three counts of receiving stolen property, a third-degree felony.
“Jamel Covington had a veritable armory of illegally possessed weapons and a cache of heroin, cocaine, crack, and marijuana, perpetuating the cycle of violence and addiction in our community,” said District Attorney Katayoun Copeland in a release. “He will face the consequences of those dire choices.”
Chester Narcotics Officer Tim Garron served a search warrant at the U-Haul self-storage unit allegedly being rented by Covington at 1600 Highland Avenue in Chester Sept. 18 with other members of the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division Drug Task Force, according to the release.
A black duffel bag inside the unit allegedly contained 10 handguns and one rifle. All but one of the firearms was loaded and four had been reported stolen, according to the release. Officers also allegedly found 132 grams of heroin, 112 grams of crack cocaine, 44 grams of cocaine, seven pounds of marijuana and more than five boxes of assorted caliber ammunition with ten handgun magazines of various sizes.
Covington, who has a prior felony drug trafficking conviction, cannot legally possess a firearm. He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Wendy Roberts and remanded to the county prison in Concord after failing to post 10 percent of $1 million bail. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 3 before Magisterial District Judge Walter A. Strohl.
“With this arrest and seizure, the Chester police and its partners in the District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force have struck a significant blow in the battle against gun violence,” said Chester Police Chief James Nolan IV. “We will continue to aggressively hunt those who are recklessly using firearms in the city of Chester.”
Copeland also commended the cooperative work of law enforcement in the investigation.
“Together, with our partners in law enforcement like the Chester Police Department, we will continue to aggressively arrest and prosecute individuals like Jamel Covington who are perpetuating the drug epidemic that is tearing families apart in our community,” she said. “In this case, due to the excellent investigative work of Chester Narcotics Officer Garron and our Task Force members, this large-scale, armed drug trafficker was apprehended.”
By: Alex Rose