The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Dover Police Department on Friday completed a one month long investigation into a heroin sales and distribution operation in the Dover area with the arrest of six people.
The two departments, plus the Delaware State Police Governor's Task Force and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team culminated the investigation by executing a search warrant in the 1600 block of John Clark Road, Rodney Village, Dover, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.
During the execution of the search warrant, Shaun E. Carpenter, 35, was seen throwing a fully loaded .40-caliber handgun out of a rear window of the home. Carpenter and five others, identified as Nina M. Michelau, 23, Adam Hill, 24, Dwight L. Miller, 26, Courtney J. Moss, 24, and Warren Self, 18, were taken into custody without incident.
Police seized 780 bags of heroin totaling 19.5 grams, 266 grams of marijuana, 0.9 grams of powdered cocaine, Oxycodone prescription medication, a digital scale, 9mm caliber ammunition, a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun with a fully loaded magazine, and a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun with a loaded magazine.
The heroin had an estimated street value of approximately $8,000, Shavack said.
Police also seized $2,744 in cash proceeds indicative of being obtained through street level drug transactions.
Carpenter, a Delaware Level III probationer, was charged with possession of heroin in tier 5 quantity, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver heroin in tier 4 quantity, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of a firearm by person prohibited who also possesses drugs, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, and receiving stolen property.
He committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $1 million cash bond.
Michelau was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin in tier 4 quantity, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of heroin in tier 5 quantity, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession with intent to deliver Oxycodone, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution, Wilmington, on $108,000 cash bond.
Hill and Miller were charged with third-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. Moss was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Self was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. All were issued criminal summonses and released from custody.
Troopers continue to investigate this case, Shavack said.