The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit with the assistance of the Dover City Police Department have arrested five people, concluding a three-month long investigation into dealing illegal drugs in the Camden and Dover area.
At approximately 6 a.m., July 3, officers with the Kent County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Dover Police Department Drug Unit, and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Thicket Road, near Willow Grove in Camden-Wyoming.
After arriving at the house, troopers spotted the first suspect, identified as Edward R. Hale, 30, lying on a couch with his daughter, said DSP spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier. Hale tried to run into a bathroom, but was arrested without incident.
During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located 107 bags of heroin (2.675 grams total) packaged individually for sale, 20 Vyvanse pills, 17 amphetemine pills, 11 Suboxone strips, drug paraphernalia as well as more than $450.00 in suspected drug proceeds.
Hale's daughter was turned over to a relative at the scene.
Detectives then set up a surveillance of the home with the understanding that numerous drug transactions were going to take place, Fournier said.
At approximately 10 a.m. a second suspect, identified as William S. Friends, 38, of Felton, arrived and started to go into the house. Friends tried to run as police announced their presence and was subdued with a Taser device when he refused an order to lie on the ground. A search of his car revealed 650 bags of heroin totaling more than 16.25 grams.
Another suspect, identified as David E. Evans, 29, of Dover, arrived at 12:40 and was taken into custody without incident, Fournier said. A search of his vehicle turned up 1,012 bags of heroin totaling more than 25 grams, 1.5 grams of marijuana, 31 Clonazepam pills, 1 Focalin pill, a .32-caliber handgun with the serial number obliterated, and 56 rounds of ammunition. Evans also was in possession of more than $3,800 in suspected drug proceeds.
State and Dover Police, along with the DSP SORT team, then went to the Dover Inn at 428 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, after receiving information about another pending drug transaction, Fournier said.
Around 5:35 p.m., a man later identified as Jahlil Patton, 20, of Wilmington, was spotted knocking on a door to the hotel. He fled as officers tried to make contact with him, but was captured near the Lake Club Apartments. While Patton was attempting to elude the officers, he was seen throwing several packages of suspected heroin on the ground. All 1,296 bags totaling more than 38 grams were located along with 4.5 grams of marijuana that was located in a car operated by Patton's girlfriend, Alveda Alfred. She was found in the parking lot of Advanced Auto and was taken into custody without incident.
Page 2 of 2 - Hale was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver Schedule II pills, possession with intent to deliver Schedule III pills, two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from custody on a $56,200 unsecured bond.
Friends was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while suspended or revoked. He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $122,700 cash bond.
Evans was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver Schedule IV pills, two counts of possession with intent to deliver Schedule II pills, two counts of possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center after failing to pay a $121,000 cash bond.
Patton was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, second-degree conspiracy, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at the Vaughn Correctional Center in default of a $131,500 cash bond.
Alfred was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was jailed at the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in lieu of an $11,600 cash bond.
This joint operation between Dover Police Department and Delaware State Police resulted in the recovery of 3,069 bags of heroin totaling more than 76 grams, 80 pills, three firearms along with several rounds of ammunition, and more than $4,200 in suspected drug proceeds.