“Skipworth” Drug Dealer Sentenced To Over 26 Years

Suspected heroin seized by officers in a separate bust. Photo via Crimewatch.

A Philadelphia man convicted of trafficking drugs throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs has been sentenced to more than 26 years in prison.

Vontez Scales,29, was a member of the “Skipworth” organization. Named for ringleader Damir Skipworth, the group sold millions of dollars worth of crystal meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and heroin. 

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub called the group “a blight on all of southeastern Pennsylvania.”

“Drugs don’t stop at county borders. This makes collaborative efforts like this one essential,” Weintraub said. “We in law enforcement are fortunate to have excellent federal, state, county and local partners in our fight to bring drug dealers to justice.

This is the third time Scales has been convicted at trial for drug offenses. Most recently, a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to distribute meth and heroin, as well as possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.

The Bucks County Drug Strike Force worked with the DEA to prosecute each member of the Skipworth gang.

The following members of “Skipworth” have all plead guilty:

  • Jarrett Cobb, a/k/a “Chi,”
  • Tyrone Smith, a/k/a “Ho,”
  • Rahim Amin, a/k/a “Skinny Rah,”
  • John Richard Thornton,
  • Scott Martin,
  • Natasha Powell.

For their plea deals, they face less time than Scales who chose to go to trial.