South Coatesville Man With Alligator Sentenced to 6-12 Years for Selling Heroin

Irvin HawkinsIrvin Hawkins, 33, of South Coatesville (Image via Chester County District Attorney's Office)

WEST CHESTER, PA — The Chester County District Attorney’s Office announced that Irvin Hawkins, of South Coatesville, was sentenced to 6-12 years by the Honorable Judge Ann Marie Wheatcraft for selling heroin in East Caln Township and Valley Township in 2019.

When the defendant and his co-defendant were arrested in 2019, detectives discovered a three-foot alligator living in their house. A jury found the defendant guilty in March 2021.

DA Deb Ryan said, “The defendant’s sentence should signal to dealers who sell drugs in Chester County, that they will face significant time if caught and convicted. Drugs have no business in our community.”

Between January and February 2019, the defendant sold heroin laced with fentanyl at a Wawa in Caln Township and a Dollar General store in Valley Township. Detectives arrested both defendants on February 8, 2019, and found, in addition to the alligator, heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana, over $5,000 in cash, and drug packaging materials in their possession.

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The alligator was confiscated and sent to St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park in Florida. His co-defendant pled guilty and was sentenced in May 2019.

Chester County Detectives and the HIDTA unit (High-Density Trafficking Area) investigated. Assistant District Attorneys Michelle Thurstlic-O’Neill and Jessica Acito were the prosecutors.

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