West Oak Lane man arrested on fraud, weapons and drug charges

A 20-year-old West Oak Lane man was among those arrested early Friday morning when the Philadelphia Polcie major crimes division, US Marshals fugitive task force and US Secret Service raided a Roosevelt Boulevard apartment with fraud, and other, warrants in tow.

Raymond Starr, of the 7100 block of N. Uber St., was arrested around 6 a.m. in connection with a scam that allegedly “bilked people and banks out of at least $30,000 in a fraud scheme that has been going on for months,” per NewsWorks content partner NBC10.

When they arrested Starr, investigators also found a loaded weapon and a glut of narcotics in the apartment.

Found under a bed was an FN Herstal Belgium, Caliber 5.7X28 weapon loaded with 20 live rounds of ammunition, additional magazines loaded with five and 19 rounds and a new empty magazine.

Also recovered was a Ziploc vacuum bag with “two large clear plastic bundles” of what’s believed to be marijuana, a “clear plastic baggie containing a white powdery substance” and 642 illegal prescription pills with a street value just under $7,000.

According to police, Starr was also wanted on four warrants for assault on law-enforcement officers (Upper Southampton), fraud (Abington) and probation and failure to appear bench warrant on an aggravated assault case (Philadelphia).

Of Starr’s eight prior arrests, five involved firearms charges, police said.

On Friday, he was charged with theft by unlawful taking, bad checks, access-device fraud, criminal conspiracy and weapons and drug charges.

Two roommates were also arrested on warrants; one on a knifepoint-robbery charge out of Cheltenham Twp. and the other on fraud charges.

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