A Tredyffrin Township man and another man from Philadelphia are now in prison, after police confiscated $135,000 in cash and more than $2.5 million worth of marijuana in simultaneous raids in Tredyffrin Township and Philadelphia.
James Lippert, 49, of 138 Colket Lane in Devon and David Eisenstadt of Chester Avenue in Philadelphia were arrested on June 27 in Philadelphia, according to a press release from the Chester County District Attorney. Both men are charged with possesion with intent to deliver marijuana and related charges.
They are accused of being big-time drug dealers who authorities say ran drugs and money between Philadelphia and Chester counties.
They were both arrested in Philadelphia after the Chester County District Attorney, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Tredyffrin and Philadelphia police executed search warrants at Lippert's Colket Lane house in Devon and Eisenstadt's residence in Philadelphia.
According to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan (who previously served as Tredyffrin Township's solicitor), the DEA's investigation started in May after a citizen reported an "overwhelming smell of marijuana coming from a residence in Philadelphia associated with Lippert. DEA surveiilance revealed that Lippert and Eisenstadt were working together on what appeared to be a marijuana grow operation that had links to both Philadelphia and Chester County."
Chester County authorities were brought in to help with the investigation and the end result was a raid on both houses on June 27. The announcement of the operation was not made until today, Friday, July 20.
According to Hogan's press release: "In Lippert's house on Colket Lane in Devon "police recovered over $135,000 in cash and marijuana packaged for sale. In Philadelphia, police found a grow operation for high quality 'hydro' marijuana, including 30 pounds of bulk marijuana and 530 live marijuana plants. The street value of the seized marijuana is over $2.5 million."
Lippert and Eisenstadt remain in jail in Philadelphia County. Lippert's bail is set at $1.5 million and Eisenstadt's bail is $1 million.
Click on the PDFs to read the full press release as well as the charging documents filed in the case against the two men.