Alleged Supplier of Upper Bucks Heroin Ring Nabbed in N.C.

A man accused of being the main supplier of a large heroin-trafficking organization in Upper Bucks County has been arrested in North Carolina after five months as a fugitive.

Antoine Hakim Harris was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals on Thursday at his girlfriend’s residence in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was being held in the Davidson County Detention Center in lieu of $1 million bail, awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania.

Harris, 29, was one of 13 people charged in March by Bucks County authorities in connection with a heroin ring that is alleged to have done almost $1 million in annual business. He was the last of the alleged participants to be arrested.

All are tentatively scheduled for trial Oct. 12 in Bucks County Common Pleas Court.

Authorities allege that Harris and his girlfriend were living in Maryland at the time the charges were filed and fled to North Carolina.

According to a 195-page presentment issued by an investigating Bucks County grand jury, Harris was the chief supplier of a criminal organization that sold as many as 400 bundles of heroin per week in the Quakertown area, with each bundle containing 10 to 14 individual bags of heroin.

At the helm of the enterprise, the presentment said, were Sheamus Patrick McCarthy, 27; and his brother Casey James McCarthy, 22, both originally from Richland Township.

The presentment alleges that Casey McCarthy traveled every few days to West Philadelphia to purchase heroin there from Harris, typically in 100-bundle increments sold for $5,300 to $6,300. The McCarthys then distributed the drugs to Upper Bucks dealers who sold to individual users, the presentment says.

From late 2013 through late 2016, the grand jury concluded, the drug enterprise “led to widespread addiction amongst young citizens of the Quakertown area,” caused numerous overdoses and endangered many lives, all while reaping vast financial profits.

At least two people who were customers of the McCarthy organization died of overdoses, the presentment said.

Harris is specifically charged with corrupt organizations; dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities; manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver heroin; criminal conspiracy; and criminal use of a communication facility.

Authorities had been unable to locate him until last week, when Quakertown police received a tip that Harris and his girlfriend had fled to a residence in Winston-Salem.

Police contacted the U.S. Marshal’s Office in Philadelphia, which arranged for Harris’s apprehension in North Carolina.

The case was investigated primarily by the Quakertown Police Department and the Bucks County Detectives, and is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Jovin Jose.

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

Approved for release by Gregg D. Shore, First Assistant District Attorney.