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Police: Drug packages delivered to Brighton Suites

June 29, 2020

Two men face charges after police say they received two packages of drugs delivered to a Rehoboth Beach hotel.

Rehoboth Beach police were called to the Brighton Suites in the second block of Wilmington Avenue at 10:30 a.m. June 23 for a report of a package containing suspected illegal drugs, said Lt. Jaime Riddle of the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. When police arrived, Riddle said, a package delivered by the United States Postal Service to a registered guest, Timothy Lunn, 54, of Vestal, N.Y., had been opened by hotel staff who thought the package was intended for the hotel. Inside the package was a large quantity of suspected cocaine and drug-dealing paraphernalia, Riddle said. Police obtained a search warrant for Lunn’s room and registered vehicle, and additional drug-dealing items were found, he said.

During a three-day investigation, Riddle said, Ade Smith, 38, of Chester, Pa., – a guest staying with Lunn – went to the front counter of the hotel multiple times representing himself as Lunn in an attempt to retrieve the package. Hotel staff later contacted Smith saying that the package had been delivered, and he picked up a package that had been made to look like the original parcel that contained drugs, Riddle said.

Both Smith and Lunn were arrested and taken into custody. 

On June 24, Riddle said, Brighton Suites staff called police about another package that had been delivered for Lunn. A search warrant was obtained for the package, and officers discovered the package contained a felony quantity of suspected MDMA pills and suspected methamphetamine, Riddle said.    

Lunn and Smith were charged with the following felonies – possession with intent to deliver a tier 3 quantity controlled substance, possession of a tier 1 quantity controlled substance, and two counts of felony conspiracy – and several misdemeanors. Both were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of cash bail – Lunn on $52,500 and Smith on $53,000.  

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