01/16/2008

Philly police find cache of drugs, guns in cold-case

By Dwight Ott
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A cold case turned hot yesterday for Philadelphia police.

Police went to the 2600 block of South 72d Street to execute a cold-case murder warrant for Jamar Wayne Warren, and, in making the arrest, wound up recovering $150,000 in narcotics and cash as well as six weapons.

The police fugitive unit and members of U.S. Marshal's Office also discovered a 16-year-old female runaway living with Warren. The runaway was returned to her mother.

With the arrest of Warren, 22, of Southwest Philadelphia, police said they closed the case on the 2005 murder of Malik Sims on June 1 and also pulled down a "midlevel" drug distributor in the city, who was said to have been "loaded for bear."

"This exemplifies the nexis of drugs and violence," said Chief Inspector William Blackburn during a news conference moderated by Chief Inspector Keith Sadler.

Warren, who is accused of killing Sims in a bar in 2005 in a personal dispute, was found to possess $23,000 worth of crack and $120,000 worth of cocaine in his house and $11,000 on his person, police said. Police also confiscated a high-tech money counting gadget and a saucer-shaped narcotics scale.

The six weapons confiscated by police ranged from a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun to a 9mm machine gun with 24 rounds, all of which Warren was allegedly in the process of attempting to hide on the second floor of his house when police arrived.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey vowed to step up such fugitive searches.

"One of the things I plan to do is increase fugitive activity. This is a good department. They do a tremendous job all along."

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