Chester cracks down on mill area drug trade

CHESTER -- Authorities in Chester arrested four men this week in connection with three drug busts.

The multiple busts had less to do with the amount of drugs seized. Instead, officials focused on combating drug sales in the Eureka Mill Village, said Detective Scott Thompson of the Chester County Sheriff's Office.

"The drug activity down there has gotten a little bit out hand," Thompson said about the housing community anchored off J.A. Cochran Bypass. "The sheriff's office is taking a proactive stance by arresting these men."

Arrested Monday morning were:

• Derrick Jamarcus Feaster, 25, of 561 2nd St., charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of marijuana, Thompson said.

Feaster is currently on probation for drug-related charges, Thompson said.

• Terry Anthony Caldwell, 21, of 551 2nd St., charged with distribution of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, Thompson said.

• Charles Edward Strong, 20, of 143 Lancaster St., charged with possession of marijuana, Thompson said.

• Walter Mycipion Mills Jr., 24, of 568 3rd St., charged with distribution of crack cocaine, Thompson said.

A 14-year-old male also was charged with possession of marijuana. The teen was released to his mother, Thompson said.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Monday, officers seized an undisclosed amount of cash during the busts as well as marijuana and crack cocaine with a street value of less than $1,000. Yet, officials are satisfied with series of busts.

"These weren't major busts," Thompson said. "These people are selling marijuana and crack cocaine. They are bringing so many people into the community who do not live there to buy drugs. It presents a negative impact on the community."

Caldwell's bond was set at $30,000, and Feaster's bond was set at $25,000, a Chester County Detention Center offcial said. Both men remained in custody Tuesday night at the detention center, he said.

Bond was set at $15,000 for Mills, who was released on bond Tuesday afternoon. Strong was released Monday on a $565 personal recognizance bond.