On Tuesday in Philadelphia, United States District Judge Michael M. Baylson sentenced Richard Chase Hoover, 34, of Las Vegas, NV and Amir Boyer, 29, of Philadelphia to 15 years and 10 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release.
Both Hoover and Boyer who are known members of a violent drug trafficking organization known as “Original Block Hustlaz,” in November 2019, pleaded guilty in a Second Superseding Indictment, which charged nine defendants who conspired to distribute and did distribute cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, and heroin from various locations that they controlled in and around North Philadelphia.
In September 2017, officers and detectives with the Philadelphia Police Department executed a search warrant at 3234 North Sydenham Street, a property used by members of Original Block Hustlaz to store and sell drugs. During the execution of the search warrant PPD seized approximately 62 grams of cocaine base (“crack”), 229 grams of heroin, and 48 grams of a methamphetamine mixture. The officers also seized $8,101 from the residence.
In May 2018, FBI agents observed Hoover enter an apartment on Columbus Boulevard in Philadelphia, soon after he returned from a trip to Los Angeles. Pursuant to a federal search warrant, the FBI followed Hoover into the apartment and found 10 kilograms of cocaine, nearly 6 pounds of pure methamphetamine, and $20,000 in cash.
In October 2018, Amir Boyer was arrested at the property on North Sydenham Street, where he had been living with his girlfriend and two children. During the execution of the arrest, officers seized approximately 20 pounds of marijuana and a firearm loaded with eight live rounds.