Kent County drug investigation nets six Magnolia residents

Troopers with the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit have arrested six people after a four-month investigation into illegal drug sales.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the investigation involved people living in three Magnolia-area homes.

The Kent County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team conducted the raids at about 11:40 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 at homes on Woodville Drive and Millchop Lane.

The first two were conducted simultaneously in the 100 block of Woodville Drive, where Sonia J. Griffin, 52, Frank Ramos, 56, Allen J. Simms, 39, Lawrence D. Horsey, 42, and Ida M. Wright, 30, all were taken into custody. None offered any resistance, Fournier said.

While no narcotics were found in one of the homes, the second revealed 1.7 grams of crack cocaine, 0.455 grams of heroin, 11 Oxycodone pills, 16 doses of Carbidopa/Levodopa, a 9mm pistol with the serial number obliterated, a revolver, and more than $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

At the third home, located in the 500 block of Millchop Lane, Amanda Turner, 29, was taken into custody without incident due to her involvement in the drug investigation. No narcotics were located.

Horsey is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy 2nd, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center on a $13,000 cash bond.

Wright is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy 2nd, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was committed to the Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $7,000 secured bond.

Turner is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy 2nd, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on a $13,000 secured bond.

Griffin is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, maintaining a drug property, conspiracy 2nd, four counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released after posting a $1,850 secured bond.

Ramos is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, maintaining a drug property, conspiracy 2nd, four counts of possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting a $1,550 secured bond.

Simms is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, and conspiracy 2nd. He was released after posting $1,115 secured bond.

Hartly man charged in Woodside hit and run

State troopers arrested a Hartly man after he allegedly crashed into an SUV and then drove away.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Shawn R. Shane surrendered about 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, five hours after the incident.

The case began around 9 a.m. when a 53-year-old Magnolia man said he spotted Shane’s truck stopped on Walnut Shade Road just east of the intersection with U.S. Route 13. Noticing the driver of the 1999 Chevy pickup was passed out at the wheel, the man parked in front of the truck and knocked on a window. Shane woke up and accelerated into the back of the man’s SUV. The man was not hurt, Fournier said.

After the collision, the man called 911; EMS personnel, who were first on the scene, tried to pull Shane out of the truck but instead, he drove away, almost hitting one of the technicians and dragging the other. Neither was hurt, Fournier added.

Troopers found the empty pickup about a mile north on Route 13 near Longacre Drive, but the driver had fled, he said.

Documents in the truck identified Shane as the driver, Fournier said.

Later that afternoon, Shane turned himself into troopers at Troop 3 near Camden.

He is charged with possession of a deadly weapon (the truck) during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering, second-degree reckless endangering, carrying a concealed dangerous instrument (a knife found in the pickup), resisting arrest, possession of marijuana (2.12 grams located in vehicle), possession of drug paraphernalia, leaving the scene of a property damage collision, driving while suspended or revoked, failure to have insurance in possession, failure to provide information at a collision scene, inattentive driving, and stopping on a roadway.

Shane has been committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $8,153 secured bond. 

Store employee accused of stealing debit card

A Milford Food Lion employee has been arrested after he allegedly used a debit card stolen from a customer.

William Dorey IV, 18, of Milford, was taken into custody Aug. 4, Milford PD spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said in a department press release.

July 24 a woman reported she had lost her wallet at the store at 951 N. Dupont Highway. She went back the following day and found the wallet had been turned in but her debit card was missing.

A check showed someone had used the card, Maloney said, and surveillance camera footage showed it was Dorey, who had bought a gift card.

Dorey surrendered to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He is charged with one count of theft under $1500 where a victim is 62 years of age or older. Dorey later was released on $500 unsecured bail, and was issued a no contact order with the victim.

Milford woman accused of pilfering medications

A 35-year-old Milford woman was arrested Aug. 4 following a police investigation into stolen prescription medications.

Kristen Adams is charged with theft of property valued under $1,500, Milford PD spokesman Det. Timothy Maloney said Aug. 10.

The case began Aug. 1 with a call reporting the theft, Maloney said. The victim, who was living in Hearthstone Manor, reported several different medications had been missing perhaps since June 2017. Surveillance cameras in their home showed an acquaintance, identified as Adams, taking the medications.

Adams was interviewed Aug. 4 and was arrested that day.

She is charged with theft of property valued at less than $1,500 and later released on a $500 bail. She also was issued a no-contact order with the victim, Maloney said.