Violent member of Chester “3rd Bone” Drug Gang Sentenced to Nearly a Decade in Prison

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PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Tyleel Scott-Harper, 25, of Chester, PA, was sentenced to nine years in prison and three years of supervised release by United States District Court Chief Judge Juan R. Sanchez for narcotics and firearms offenses in furtherance of the activities of the violent street gang, Third Bone, that sold large amounts of crack, cocaine, and heroin in downtown Chester, PA.

In October 2019, 22 individuals including the defendant were arrested and charged in parallel indictments with drug trafficking and firearms offenses. These 22 defendants were members of rival drug trafficking groups operating next to each other in territories occupying the west side of Chester.  The two rival groups were the “3rd Bone” (or “3BM”) and the “William Penn” (“the Pen” or “Ject Boyz”).

Scott-Harper and 12 of his “3rd Bone” co-conspirators were charged in a 70-count Indictment alleging conspiracy to distribute crack, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin (one count); distribution and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances (57 counts); unlawful use of a communications facility in furtherance of a drug felony (five counts); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (three counts); felon in possession of a firearm (two counts); and aiding and abetting. As a member of 3rd Bone, Scott-Harper infused a dangerous drug into the community of Chester, and used violence and threats of violence to control the group’s territory and enforce drug debts. For his part, in August 2021, the defendant pleaded guilty to charges including conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of crack cocaine, use of a communication facility in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

“The defendant and his co-conspirators in 3rd Bone, together with the defendants in the William Penn gang, terrorized the Chester community for years with their drug dealing and associated violence,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “Scott-Harper dealt dangerous narcotics and illegally possessed weapons to further his drug-dealing business, and for that he will now spend nearly a decade in prison. Thanks to the efforts of investigators at the FBI and DEA, the 3rd Bone and William Penn drug operations have been permanently shut down, making the streets safer and improving the quality of life for the Chester community.”

“Tyleel Scott-Harper and his 3rd Bone crew used threats and violence to maintain control of their territory, as they steadily poisoned the city of Chester by dealing dangerous drugs,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners are committed to freeing our communities from the clutches of violent drug gangs, which have zero regard for the incredible damage they do to people’s lives and quality of life.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.   The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Chester Police Department Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office, the Delaware County Drug Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Chester Township Police Department, the Ridley Township Police Department, and the Sharon Hill Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Meaghan Flannery and Matthew Newcomer.