Police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state have identified eight people who they say were involved in murder, home invasions, robberies, illegal drugs and other crimes in the lower part of the state.

Operation “In The House” kicked off March 17 after a month of planning, state police and Department of Justice officials said in a joint statement issued July 2. The goal was to identify and take into custody people involved in these crimes and the distribution of large amounts of heroin and cocaine in Kent and Sussex.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said detectives identified Steven Kellam, Rhamir Waples, Richard Robinson, Shamir Stratton, Damon Bethea, and Carlton Gibbs as part of a criminal network that targeted specific individuals for home invasion robberies. The victims were people thought to be involved in the sale of illegal drugs in the counties, and the gang looked to rob them of the drugs and the money, Fournier said.

Two people were killed in one home invasion in January 2014, Fournier said, and all six men are charged with murder and home invasion.

Two women, Rachel Rentoul and Jackie Heverin are charged with planning the crime, Fournier added.

Kellam, Bethea and Gibbs have been arrested in connection with that crime, while police have obtained warrants for the arrest of Waples, Robinson and Stratton, he said.

Police also are looking for Rentoul and Heverin for their parts in the crime.

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