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Heroin, Cocaine Dealer Sent to State Prison for 2 to 4 Years

May 25, 2018

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

Dayshawn Camp
     Dayshawn Camp

A Trenton man caught last summer with large amounts of heroin and cocaine in a Falls Township motel room was sentenced this morning to serve two to four years in prison.

“You’re destroying people’s lives when you sell it. You’re destroying your own life when you use it,” Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. told Dayshawn Camp, 28, rejecting the defendant’s plea to stay in county prison to continue with drug addiction programs.

“It’s got to stop. And doing a couple of classes and going to a rehab isn’t going to stop it,” Bateman said. “I don’t know what to do with you but put you in prison.”

Falls Township police arrested Camp on Aug. 28, 2017, when officers went to the Ace Motel, 216 Lincoln Highway, to serve an arrest warrant on the registered occupant of a room.

Inside the room, police found Camp, a second person, bags containing heroin, cocaine and marijuana, several hundred dollars in cash, and cell phones.

The cocaine amounted to 9.31 grams, and the heroin, packaged in 237 bags, amounted to 5.96 grams, Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. said.

Camp pleaded guilty March 6 to possession with intent to sell or deliver the drugs. His sentencing was deferred until today to allow time for him to complete a drug treatment program in prison.

Before getting treatment, “my mind was always closed. I’m from Trenton, N.J., and I’ve been exposed to these things since I was little,” Camp told Bateman. “I need help. I’ve been coming to jail since I was 13, being around drugs.”

“And then you became a drug dealer,” Bateman responded.

Camp agreed, adding that he became addicted as well, though he never named a specific drug. “I’m standing here today, talking to you as a man, telling you that I need help,” he said.

Defense attorney Keith A. Williams argued that Camp had never before had drug treatment, and that the prison programs changed him. “The person I met back in August is not the same person who stands before you today,” Williams said.

Keightly asked for a state prison sentence, saying that Camp had a long history of possessing, using and selling drugs, and that he had already served significant time in prison, only to sell the same drugs again.

In 2012, Keightly said, Trenton police caught Camp with 45 bags of heroin near a school zone, for which he was sentenced to three years in prison.

In 2014, the prosecutor said, Camp was sentenced in New Jersey to two and one-half to five years in prison for repeatedly selling heroin to undercover officers and possessing cocaine and heroin.

In addition, Camp is awaiting trial in Mercer County on additional charges of dealing cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine in May, June and August 2017.

“Your honor is well aware of what heroin does to a community,” Keightly said.

In addition to the prison time, Bateman imposed a consecutive four years of probation.

“You just keep introducing [heroin and cocaine] into the community….” Bateman told Camp. “I just can’t get past the number of felony drug offenses, and the fact that it’s the same drug.”

The case was investigated by the Falls Township Police Department.

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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