Members of the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit have arrested a Magnolia man, identified as Jerome L. Smith, after a two month investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs.
Detectives made the arrest Sept. 19 by serving a search warrant at a home in the unit block of McKinley Circle, Magnolia, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
Smith, 37, was taken into custody without incident, Fournier said. Smith's 3-year-old daughter, who also was in the home, was turned over to relatives.
During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located 4.6 pounds of marijuana packaged for sale, 21 Oxycodone pills, 17 Ecstasy pills, drug paraphernalia, more than $3,100 in suspected drug proceeds, and a fully loaded 9-mm handgun.
Smith was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited (3 counts), possession with intent to deliver Ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of a controlled substance (Ecstasy), possession of a prescription drug without a prescription, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was jailed at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, in default of a $116,300 cash bond.
Fournier said the arrest was made with the assistance of the Kent County Governor's Task Force and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team.