Millsboro-area residents arrested in drug-sales investivation


The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit arrested four people after the culmination of a several-month investigation into illegal drug sales from a residence on Nora Lane near Millsboro.

According to the DSP, on Monday, Feb. 16, around 6:10 a.m., the Sussex County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), conducted a search warrant in the 27000 block of Nora Lane.

A total of 386 bags of suspected heroin, weighing approximately 5.79 grams, .1 gram of suspected cocaine, 4.9 grams of suspected marijuana, a Suboxone strip, suspected drug paraphernalia and more than $2,200 in suspected drug proceeds. Also located and recovered was a stolen .40 caliber handgun with three fully-loaded ammunition magazines.

“Any amount of drugs recovered is considered substantial, especially when we are dealing with any type of dangerous and addicting drugs,” explained Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, public information officer for the DSP.

“The threshold can depend on the packaging and paraphernalia found along with the drugs. For example, a gram of heroin, with no items like a scale, plastic bags or other items that are typically used in the distribution of the drug, would just be possession. Having all the other items leads to the charge of distribution or intent to deliver.”

Fournier said that the drugs and firearm would be stored in an evidence locker until the case is adjudicated in court.

Tyrone M. Adkins, 38; Sheree M. Abdussalaam, 45; Nathan A. Thompson, 25;, and Rashell K. Thompson, 20 — all of whom lived in the home Nora Lane — were taken into custody and transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown.

Adkins was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, two counts of Possession of a Firearm/Ammunition by a Person Prohibited, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Receiving a Stolen Firearm, Conspiracy 2nd, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $50,200 cash bond.

Abdussalaam was charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited who also Possesses a Controlled Substance, Maintaining a Drug Property and Conspiracy 2nd. She was released on $13,000 unsecured bond.

Nathan Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Heroin. He was arraigned released on $1,000 unsecured bond. Rashell Thompson was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Cocaine. She was released on $1,000 unsecured bond.

“Again, any dangerous drugs, such as heroin, are extremely important to investigators,” added Fournier. “The time spent on each case may vary; but, ultimately, making the arrests of the subjects dealing these addicting substances and getting it off the streets is the ultimate goal.”