Coatesville man arrested on drug dealing, firearm charges – Daily Local News

COATESVILLE — A 48-year-old city man is facing felony drug and firearm charges after police executed a search warrant at his home on Saturday in the 500 block of Olive Street.

According to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Thomas Clayton Trowery, also known as “Truth” and “TT,” was arrested after an investigation into suspected drug trafficking resulted in the search of his home. Inside, officials said, police found about 100 grams of cocaine, a half pound of marijuana, prescription pills, materials for sale and distribution, and an illegal handgun.

Police said the estimated street value of the seized cocaine is about $10,000. Trowery’s employment status listed him as a “counselor,” according to authorities.

Law enforcement officials said many of the quality of life issues that face cities like Coatesville, particularly violent crime, can be linked back to the illegal drug trade. Officials expressed hope that Trowery’s arrest may help reduce those issues in Coatesville.

“A large percentage of all crime and quality of life issues experienced by the citizens of Coatesville City can be directly linked to the illegal drug trade. Thomas Trowery, up until this past Saturday, was part of that problem,” said Coatesville Police Chief Jack Laufer.

Chester County’s District Attorney said Trowery’s arrest could help reduce the risk of drug-related violence in the city.

“The defendant chose to follow the path of drugs, guns, and money. That path ends in prison or an early death. The streets of Coatesville are a little safer today because the defendant has been locked up,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said.

In addition to the drugs, police said they found two digital scales, cutting agents, packaging materials, three cell phones, and an undisclosed amount of cash. Investigators also found a loaded 9mm Ruger handgun under Trowery’s mattress, according to a criminal complaint filed by police.

Trowery, a convicted felon, is not permitted to possess a firearm under Pennsylvania law, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Saturday’s arrest was not the first time Trowery was arrested in Coatesville for drug dealing. In 2000 he was sentenced to 4 1/2 to 10 years in prison after he was found guilty of drug dealing charges, according to court records. Court records show he has numerous other arrests dating back to 1985.

Both Laufer and Hogan praised the cooperation between local and county law enforcement agencies that led to the arrest.

“Through the investigative efforts of Coatesville City Police Department in partnership with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, a significant player in the city’s illicit drug trade has been arrested and incarcerated. The Coatesville City Police Department along with its investigative partners continues to strive to ‘make a difference’ in the quality of life for the law abiding citizens of the City,” Laufer said.

Hogan warned county law enforcement will continue to crack down on illegal drug dealers.

“The Coatesville Police Department, the Chester County Detectives, and the Municipal Drug Task Force will relentlessly pursue those who peddle poison in Coatesville. The drug dealers never rest, but neither does law enforcement in Chester County.”

Trowery was arraigned on felony drug dealing charges, related misdemeanor offenses, and firearm violations. He was taken to Chester County Prison after failing to post $75,000 cash bail.

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