Philadelphia Criminal Law News

Richard Creamer Convicted Of Manufacturing Marijuana

Philadelphia lawyer Richard K. Creamer, 38, was recently convicted of conducting a large and extensive marijuana-growing operation in North Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Creamer faces a 10-year mandatory jail sentence for charges involving the conspiracy to manufacture 1,000 or more marijuana plants and maintaining a place for the manufacturing of controlled substances.

Richard Creamer had practiced corporate and real estate law in Northern Liberties. He became involved in manufacturing the drugs after he found out James Alberts, a South Philadelphia contractor, was making thousands of extra dollars every month from a marijuana business on Third and Tasker Streets.

Creamer had previously worked with James Alberts on buying and selling distressed properties and decided to purchase a warehouse on North American Street. He worked with Alberts, who later testified in federal court and said the two of them spent $100,000 to renovate the building and turn it into a high-tech manufacturing operation.

Assistant U.S. District Attorney Joseph T. Labrum said gardeners for the operation grew 20 pounds of high-grade cannabis every month between March and June 2009. Richard Creamer would get four to give pounds of the share and offer them to a New York disc jockey to sell. The DEA discovered the operation after raiding Creamer's Northern California marijuana factory and found over 1,600 cannabis plants.

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