This story was updated at 9:15 p.m. with the names and photographs of those suspects taken into custody.
A multi-agency operation conducted Monday, Nov. 27 at locations near Dover and Magnolia has resulted in the arrest of 22 persons, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said Wednesday afternoon.
The operation took place in communities including the Alder Park and Pine Grove apartments and Rodney Village outside Dover and Meadowbrook Acres, Paris Villa and London Village near Magnolia in regards to ongoing criminal activity, Jaffe said. Officers also joined efforts in apprehending fugitives throughout Kent County.
With the arrests, officers cleared 42 outstanding warrants and made 42 misdemeanor arrests and 13 felony arrests, seizing $2,407 in suspected drug sale proceeds and 3.86 grams of crack cocaine.
As a result, 11 individuals were committed to prison. In addition to the criminal charges, police also issued 23 traffic citations.
This initiative was a collaborative effort between the state police, Dover Police Department, Milford Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Capital Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Probation and Parole.
Jaffe released the names and photos of those arrested on felony charges later in the day.
Antonio Santos-Gonzalez, 36, of Wilmington; manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture, deliver a controlled substance; $6,500 secured bond.
Dayton A. Jackson, 33, of Dover; arrested on an active warrant for three felonies; Manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, second-degree conspiracy; committed on a $42,500 secured bond.
James L. Jones, 38, of Felton; arrested on an active warrant for one felony; receiving a stolen firearm; committed on a $4,000.00 cash bond.
Merlin Smith, 47, of Harrington; arrested on an active warrant out of Milford for one felony; failure to reregister as a sex offender; committed on a $2,000 secured bond.
Steven Telthoester,43, of Bridgeville; arrested on an active warrant for three felonies; felony theft, selling stolen property and theft by false pretenses; released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.
Justin Gallo, 28, of Dover; arrested on an active warrant for one felony, felony theft; released on a $17,750 unsecured bond.
A 16-year-old male of Hartly was arrested on an active warrant for three felonies; possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated menacing; he was released on his own recognizance. His name and photograph were not released due to his age.