September 24, 2009
Police officer guilty of tip to ‘Pooh’
A former Philadelphia police officer was convicted Thursday of warning Los Angeles Clippers point guard Jerome
Pooh Richardson about a drug raid.
The target of the raid was Alton
Ace Capone Coles. At the time, Richardson's sister was living with Coles in southern New Jersey.
Richardson, who had received immunity, was a reluctant prosecution witness this week. He and Durham, who was best man at his wedding, had been friends since childhood.
While working with a federal drug task force, Durham called Richardson several hours before the August 2005 raid, Richardson said. Richardson said he then called his sister and told her to get out of the house she shared with Coles.
Durham was suspended after his indictment this year and later dismissed from the force.