Four people were arrested following a search warrant at the Fulton Deli

Arrests made following an investigation into drug activity at the Fulton Deli has led to its closure by the Dover fire marshal.

Dover Police Department spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said three people were taken into custody Tuesday, July 31, at the store, located at 316 Fulton St. Hoffman said a man identified as the store owner, 39-year-old Wadeea Albaadani, was arrested after surrendering to police shortly afterward.

Police were observing the delicatessen during their probe into the sale of drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, Hoffman said.

“The area surrounding the Fulton Deli has been the source of many quality of life issues and criminal activity including loitering, litter, loud noise, drug activity, and other crimes,” Hoffman said. “This operation was conducted in hopes of putting a stop to those issues and taking another step toward cleaning up the downtown area.”

Officers began surveillance of the property from several sources, including tips provided to detectives, he added.

Two men, Walter Morris, 27, and Daekwon Tilghman, 22, were arrested after both were found carrying a counterfeit controlled substance, i.e., fake crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. A 15-year-old, Mohamed Albaadani, was taken into custody for selling drug paraphernalia, Hoffman said.

Morris and Tilghman are charged with possession with intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. They later were released from custody on a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Mohamed Albaadani, the son of Wadeea Albaanani, was released to his parents’ custody after being charged with the sale of drug paraphernalia.

Wadeea Albaadani was released on $2,000 unsecured bond after being charged with selling drug paraphernalia.

The Dover fire marshal decide if and when the deli will reopen, Hoffman said.