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Sussex drug investigation nets 40 suspects

Police arrest leaders of Coverdale, Long Neck area drug rings
August 13, 2017

Forty people are facing drug charges following an investigation into the sales of cocaine and heroin in Sussex County over the last nine months.

Operation Golden Horseshoe concluded June 14, identifying members involved in violent crime and illegal drug sales, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier of Delaware State Police.

The investigation found Lamont M. Johnson of Bridgeville, Antonia P. Holder of Bridgeville, James J. Jones of Bridgeville and Yusef L. Matthews of Seaford were in charge of the illegal drug trafficking operation, directing a cocaine and heroin network in western Sussex, mainly the Coverdale area between Seaford and Georgetown, Fournier said.

Millsboro resident Sonia E. Chavez, also known as Maria Zakrociemski, was found to be organizing and distributing heroin in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas, he said.

The investigation involved the execution of 11 search warrants at different homes throughout southern Delaware, culminating in the arrest or indictment of 40 people now facing nearly 200 criminal charges.

Police raided the following locations: 11000 block of Evans Drive in Bridgeville; 21000 block of Mill Park Drive in Bridgeville; 20000 block of Booker T. Washington Street in Bridgeville; 400 block of Elizabeth Cornish Landing in Bridgeville; 30000 block of Mount Joy Road in Millsboro; 26000 block of Bay Farm Road in Millsboro; the Relax Inn at 30702 Sussex Highway in Laurel.

Searches of those locations uncovered more than $150,000 in suspected drug money, nearly 280 grams of cocaine, about 12 grams of crack cocaine, more than 2,200 bags of heroin weighing nearly 16 grams, nearly 160 grams of marijuana, a Glock 9mm pistol and various stolen items, Fournier said.

Johnson, 38, is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver in Tier 4 and Tier 5 quantities; six counts of second-degree conspiracy; money laundering; six counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was jailed at Sussex Correctional Institution on $637,200 cash bond.

Holder, 28, is charged with three counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; four counts of second-degree conspiracy; money laundering; possessing a firearm when prohibited; possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver in Tier 2 and Tier 4 quantities; and possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity. He was jailed at SCI on $659,000 cash bond.

Jones, 28, is charged with possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity; possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a Tier 4 quantity; three counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; two counts of money laundering; and three counts of second-degree conspiracy. He was sent to SCI on $194,000 cash bond.

Matthews, 40, is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver in a Tier 4 quantity; three counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity; three counts of second-degree conspiracy; two counts for possessing drug paraphernalia; and second-degree criminal solicitation. He was sent to SCI on $50,0000 secured bond.

Chavez, 65, is charged with 27 counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity; 25 counts of second-degree conspiracy; six counts of second-degree criminal solicitation; two counts of possessing drug paraphernalia; and tampering with physical evidence. She was sent to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $242,400.

Operation Golden Horseshoe was organized and conducted by the Sussex County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Justice, with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor's Task Force, Kent and New Castle County Drug Units, Kent and New Castle County Governor's Task Forces, Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Delaware Department of Corrections, Seaford Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Delaware Probation and Parole, as well as the National Guard from Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.

"The success of this investigation demonstrates that it will take the collaborative efforts of all of our law enforcement partners and the cooperation and support of effected communities to target and dismantle drug organizations plaguing neighborhoods across our state," said Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., superintendent of Delaware State Police.

Six people are still wanted by police. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the following wanted suspects is asked to call Sgt. M. Dawson at 302-752-3815 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Information also can be shared online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

  • Demetrio R. Stewart, 37, of Milford is wanted for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy. 
  • Vera E. Curtis, 38, of Dagsboro is wanted for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy.
  • Sarah A. Seamen, 55, of Millsboro is wanted for possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription, second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy.
  • Larry C. Reich, 47, of Palmyra, Pa., is wanted for possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription; second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy.
  • Ernest M. Lofland, 50, of Frankford is wanted for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy.
  • Brian K. Barlow, 33, of Millsboro is wanted for possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription, second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy.

Police also arrested the following suspects during Operation Golden Horseshoe:

  • Patrisha Cannon, 32, of Laurel of charged with possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity; possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 4 quantity with the intent to deliver; second-degree conspiracy; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was sent to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $122,400 cash bond.
  • Donald Carey, 28, of Lincoln is charged with possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 3 quantity; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; three counts of second-degree conspiracy; two counts of possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity with the intent to deliver; and second-degree criminal solicitation. He was sent to SCI on $85,000 bond.
  • Nyier Starks, 24, of New Castle is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy 2nd. Starks was sent to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $12,000 cash bond.
  • Duayne L. Thompson, 34, of Seaford is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; second-degree criminal solicitation; and second-degree conspiracy. He was sent to SCI on $15,000 cash bond.
  • Odrift M. Ulysses, 33, of Laurel is chared with two counts, second offense, possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity with two aggravating factors; possession of marijuana; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; two counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; second-degree criminal solicitation; and second-degree conspiracy. He was sent to SCI on $61,000 cash bond.
  • Lavocia I. Callahan, 46, of Millsboro is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy. He was sent to SCI on $10,000.00 secured bond.
  • Pamela J. Bergman, 56, of Millsboro is charged with two counts of possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription; two counts of second-degree criminal solicitation and two counts of second-degree conspiracy. She was sent to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $2,500 secured bond.
  • Robert Levan, 34, of Harrington is charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; two counts of a third offense of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; tampering with physical evidence; second-degree conspiracy; and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $53,000.00 secured bond.
  • Lexus M. Bailey, 21, of Blades is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy. Bailey was released on unsecured bond.
  • Leslie A. Johnson, 40, of Seaford is charged with five counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; four counts of second-degree conspiracy; and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was released on unsecured bond.
  • Lakota S. Norwood, 24, of Harbeson is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and second-degree conspiracy. Norwood was released on unsecured bond.
  • Jose A. Serpa, 37, of Bridgeville is charged with possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; possessing a controlled substance in a Tier 3 quantity; possessing a controlled substance Tier 3 quantity with an aggravating factor; possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver with an aggravating factor; and possession of drug paraphernalia. Serpa was released on unsecured bond.
  • Donshell T. Weston, 32, of Seaford is charged with two counts of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; two counts of a third offense of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver; tampering with physical evidence; second-degree conspiracy; and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Weston posted bond and was released.
  • Todd D. Culver, 49, of Greenwood is charged with possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription with an aggravating factor; second-degree criminal solicitation; second-degree conspiracy; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; driving with a suspended license; and failing to have insurance identification in possession. He posted bond and was released.
  • Keith A. Dockins, 58, of Salisbury, Md., is charged with possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription with an aggravating factor; second-degree criminal solicitation; second-degree conspiracy; two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; and and a traffic offense. He posted bond and was released.
  • Shaina Andell, 29, of Millsboro is charged with possessing of a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription with an aggravating factor; second-degree criminal solicitation; and second-degree conspiracy. Andell was released on unsecured bond.
  • James V. Bryant, 61, of Ocean View is charged with five counts of possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription; five counts of second-degree criminal solicitation; and five counts of second-degree conspiracy. He posted bond and was released.

The following suspects were released on unsecured bonds and are charged with possessing a controlled or counterfeit substance without a prescription, second-degree criminal solicitation and second-degree conspiracy:

  • Karin M. Flowers, 36, of Georgetown
  • April A. Grant, 35, of Millsboro
  • Keith A. Grew, 51, of Millsboro 
  • William J. Hendrickson, 61, of Millsboro 
  • Chad E. Hopper, 33, of Frankford 
  • Tiffany R. Klinger, 38, of Millsboro 
  • Colleen J. Patterson, 57, of Millsboro
  • David G. Richards, 48, of Rehoboth Beach 
  • Joseph Unsworth, 43, of Millsboro 
  • Raymond H. Willis, 46, of Millsboro 
  • Brad A. Wilt, 35, of Millsboro 
  • Robin A. Wriston, 52, of Rehoboth Beach 

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