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Ex-NBA Player Testifies Against a Philly Cop Who Was Best Man at His Wedding

nba-logo_1From the basketball court to the more serious court — federal court — ex-NBA player Jerome Richardson had one of those very painful moments in life when he had to turn on a very very close friend in a very public way.

By Joseph A. Slobodzian
Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — After 10 years on the courts of the NBA, former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Jerome “Pooh” Richardson yesterday found himself in the worst venue ever.

He was on the witness stand, testifying for the prosecution, and across the federal courtroom was the defendant: his lifelong friend and the best man at his wedding, Rickie Durham.

Richardson was called to testify about an early-morning phone call he received on Aug. 10, 2005, from Durham – a Philadelphia police narcotics officer – warning him of an impending drug raid.

Richardson, living in Los Angeles, was not the subject of the raid. Rather, federal agents in Philadelphia were just three hours from a 6 a.m. raid on East Coast drug kingpin Alton “Ace Capone” Coles, who was living with Richardson’s sister Asya in Mullica Hill.

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Grand Jury Probing Whether Philly Cop Helped Tip Drug Kingpin About ATF Raid

These type of breaches undermine the integrity of the system and reminds us that the this type of corruption just doesn’t happen south of the border.
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By John Shiffman and George Anastasia
Inquirer Staff Writers
PHILADELPHIA — Hours before ATF agents raided his home and arrested him in 2005, Philadelphia drug kingpin Alton “Ace Capone” Coles got a phone call from a friend in California warning that “the feds were coming.”

Federal authorities now believe the friend’s source for that tip was a Philadelphia police detective.

The detective, Richard “Rickie” Durham, was working with a 200-member task force that was poised to execute a series of raids that would take down Coles and most of his top associates on Aug. 10, 2005, capping one of the most significant drug investigations in recent Philadelphia history.

Durham, 43, is now the target of a federal grand jury investigation, sources said.

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