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Two charged after drug bust in parking lot at Midway

October 7, 2018

Two men face drug charges Oct. 5 after police say they were dealing drugs in a parking lot at Midway Shopping Center on Route 1 near Rehoboth Beach.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force contacted the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force Oct. 5 after they witnessed several hand-to-hand drug transactions, said Sgt. Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police.

Bratz said Gregory Lawson-Hixon, 29, of Rehoboth Beach, and Dante Cilia, 30, of Milton, were sitting in a Chevrolet Suburban when marshals arrested them. 

He said Lawson-Hixon was a wanted fugitive who fled from the Governor’s Task Force in August after police found narcotics and currency in his vehicle. Active warrants for Lawson-Hixon include failure to appear in Sussex Court of Common Pleas and felony drug dealing.

In the latest arrest, Bratz said police found contraband and large amounts of U.S. currency.  Lawson-Hixon was in possession of about 43 amphetamine and dextroamphetamine 30 mg pills, 23 Suboxone strips and over $2,400 cash. Cilia was in possession of one suboxone strip and over $1,050 cash. Both men were transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown without incident. As a result of the vehicle search warrant, the following items were found:

  • 63 grams of cocaine
  • 41 grams of marijuana
  • 50 candy THC ropes
  • 41 THC injectors
  • 6 THC cigars
  • 5 THC vapor oils
  • 108 oxycodone pills
  • 68 amphetamine pills
  • over $7,000 cash
  • drug paraphernalia.

Lawson-Hixon and Cilia were charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine, amphetamines, oxycodone, marijuana, marijuana edibles, Suboxone and other charges.

Both were arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution; Lawson-Hixon in default of $331,107 cash bond, and Cilia in default of $293,200 cash bond.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with location information