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Millsboro man jailed following Townsend-area drug bust

Two others facing drug charges
June 15, 2017

A 24-year-old Millsboro man is facing drug charges after police found more than 15,000 baggies of heroin in his car during a drug raid at a Townsend-area motel June 13.

Officers with Kent County Governor's Task Force were investigating illegal drug activity at the Pleasant Hill Motel in the 3000 block of DuPont Parkway when they saw a red Hyundai pull into the parking lot.

The driver, Andrew Hubler, got out of the car and knocked on the door of the motel room previously occupied by one of the suspects in the investigation. Police contacted Hubler and found he was in possession of illegal drugs, said Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale of Delaware State Police.

A search of Hubler's car, with the assistance of New Castle City Police Department’s K-9 unit, uncovered 15,134 bags of heroin weighing 107.4 grams. Hubler is charged with possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, possession with the intent to deliver, possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $75,000 cash bail.

Before Hubler pulled up, officers were looking for 20-year-old Sean Gaitens of Middletown, who was wanted for violating probating. They saw him leave a room at the motel and get in to the front passenger seat of a white Dodge Nitro parked on the shoulder of southbound Route 13.

As the Dodge began to drive away, officers noted Gaitens failed to properly fasten his seatbelt, so they pulled the vehicle over. Gaitens gave a fake name and was arrested.

The driver, 38-year-old Robert Walcome of Newark, was found to be driving with a suspended license, and also had an active warrant. He also was taken into custody.

A search of the Dodge uncovered six bags of heroin and two strips of Suboxone.

A search of Gaitens' hotel room found another 214 bags of heroin and $536 in suspected drug money.

Gaitens is charged with possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, two counts of possession with the intent to deliver, maintaining a drug property, possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity, second-degree conspiracy, criminal impersonation and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $86,000 cash bail.

Walcome is charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance, third-degree criminal solicitation, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and failing to properly secure a passenger with a seatbelt. He was released on $2,000 unsecured bail.

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