The Delaware County man who allegedly told police he had sold marijuana to two professional athletes was sentenced today to four to eight years in prison, followed by two years’ probation.
Styles N. Beckles, 36, of Clifton Heights, was convicted March 19 of two counts of possession with the intent to deliver marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, triggering a mandatory sentence of two years minimum for each count. Deputy District Attorney Katayoun Copeland argued that the terms should be run consecutively, and Delaware County
Court Judge Barry Dozor agreed.
During his trial, Beckles denied police statements that he told officers he had sold drugs to Correll Buckhalter, a former Philadelphia Eagle, and Keita Crespina, a former Temple University and Philadelphia Soul football player.
Beckles was the subject of a two-year investigation, which involved wiretaps, of a violent Chester drug ring. As a result, police said, they obtained search warrants and seized about 115 glass vials of marijuana from Beckles’ car and 487 glass vials of marijuana from his home, along with drug paraphernalia and $1,300 in cash.
By – Kathleen Brady Shea