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Distributor for Upper Bucks Heroin Ring Gets 4.5 to 9 Years

January 22, 2018

Contact: David A. Keightly Jr., 215.348.6342, dakeightly@buckscounty.org

Daniel Moyer(2)
        Daniel Moyer

A Richlandtown man who admitted distributing as much as one-fourth of the heroin brought by a trafficking ring into Upper Bucks County went to state prison Friday for four and one-half to nine years.

Daniel Keith Moyer, 26, received up to 25 of the 100 bundles driven twice a week from Philadelphia to Quakertown by members of the McCarthy heroin ring, Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. said.

Keightly and Moyer’s attorney, Keith Bidlingmaier, agreed to recommend the sentence to Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. Moyer had pleaded guilty Dec. 4 to charges of delivering a controlled substance and conspiracy.

“Twenty-five bundles is a lot of heroin,” Bateman said. He told Moyer he was lucky his sentence wasn’t longer.

Keightly said the negotiations took into account a number of factors, including state sentencing guidelines. 

Sheamus McCarthy, considered the top leader of the organization, was sentenced Jan. 5 to serve nine and one-half to 20 years in prison. His brother Casey McCarthy, who managed the movement of heroin from Philadelphia for sale around Quakertown, is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 27.

Two Philadelphia heroin suppliers received nine- to 20-year and eight- to 20-year sentences in December.

Moyer was considered a second-tier distributor, a conduit to street-level dealers, six of whom are still awaiting sentencing.

That made him a vital cog throughout the existence of the organization, which sold up to $1 million in heroin per year from 2013-2016. At least two customers who bought heroin from the McCarthy ring died of overdoses, according to a Bucks County investigating grand jury presentment.

“The entire town of Quakertown, it might be argued, was receiving its heroin from this ring,” Bateman told Moyer. “You are poisoning the community with this drug. You participated in that.”

The case was investigated primarily by the Quakertown Borough Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives, and is being prosecuted by Keightly and Assistant District Attorney Jovin Jose.

Office of the District Attorney
Bucks County Justice Center
100 N. Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-348-6344 
Fax: 215-348-6299

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