Fourteen Kent County residents, including nine from Dover, have been indicted on federal drug and animal fighting charges.
Fourteen people, including nine from Dover, were indicted last week by a federal grand jury on a number of drug and animal fighting charges.
U.S. Attorney for Delaware Charles M. Oberly III said the first of two indictments contained 23 counts related to violations of drug and firearms laws; a second brought charges against five people, accusing them of violating federal dog-fighting statutes.
The charged defendants are Edward Sturgis, 38, Christopher Glover, 40, Robert Ingram, 30, Terah Moore, 36, Keith Adkins, 36, William Chapman, 42, Deshawn Groce, 39, Dwyane Dixon, 46, and Lamar Cannon, 31, all of Dover.
Also indicted were Aaron Cannon, 27, of Hartly, James Wilson, 49, of Magnolia, Leshawn Ingram, 28, of Smyrna, Corey Curtis, 28, of New Castle, and Tyshi Hazzard, 36, of Rehoboth.
The drug indictment alleges that between January and March 2014, Sturgis, Leshawn Ingram, Glover, Robert Ingram, Wilson, and Curtis conspired to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. The indictment also alleges Sturgis, Leshawn Ingram, Glover, Robert Ingram, Wilson, Moore, Adkins, Dixon, Jamar Cannon, Corey Curtis, and Aaron Cannon engaged in the distribution of cocaine and/or the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Delaware, Oberly said.
If convicted of any of the conspiracy, distribution or the possession counts, the men face up to 20 years imprisonment in addition to fines, and supervised release.
Sturgis, Leshawn Ingram, Glover, Robert Ingram, Wilson, and Curtis also face a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years of imprisonment, and up to 40 years in prison, in addition to fines, and supervised release for their alleged conduct.
Wilson currently is involved in a $50 million lawsuit against the city of Dover alleging police used excessive force when he was arrested in April 2013.
The dog fighting indictment alleges that between January 17 and February 19, 2014, Sturgis, Robert Ingram, Chapman, Hazzard, and Groce engaged in a conspiracy and two substantive offenses alleging violations of the federal dog fighting laws. If convicted of any of these offenses, they could face up to five years imprisonment, in addition to fines and supervised release.
The indictments and arrests of these individuals were the product of a long-term investigation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Dover Police Department that culminated in the execution of 18 search warrants, and the seizure of several firearms and controlled substances.
Critical support for the investigation and arrests was also provided by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the United States Marshals Service, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Delaware State Police, the Delaware Department of Corrections, the Smyrna Police Department, the Milford Police Department, the New Castle County Police Department, and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Oberly said.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark M. Lee.