Four-month investigation nets 18 drug arrests


Local and state police forces this week concluded a four-month investigation into drug sales in the Frankford, Dagsboro and Ocean View areas with the arrest of 18 alleged drug distributors. Police said the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit had conducted covert operations into the sale and distribution of drugs during the investigation, targeting the Frankford area.

The arrests came on the heels of the recent closure of two Frankford-area “drug houses,” which were connected to an extended family police had investigated in an earlier drug enforcement effort and in the wake of comments by Frankford Police Chief Bill Dudley that more arrests were immanent.

Numerous law-enforcement agencies were involved in the latest efforts to curb the sale of illegal drugs in the area, including the DSP Sussex County Drug Unit, DSP Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, DSP Special Operations Response Team, DSP Troops 4, 5 and 7, the Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, New Castle County Police Department (SWAT), Worchester County (Md.) Criminal Enforcement Unit, Ocean View Police Department, Frankford Police Department, Dewey Beach Police Department, Dover Police Department, Laurel Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Milford Police Department and Delaware Department of Corrections Probation and Parole.

According to police, on Sept. 24, five search-and-seizure warrants were executed by the various law-enforcement agencies, with searches conducted on Blessed Lane, Reed Street, Jones Road and Bayard Road in the Frankford area and on Irons Lane near Dagsboro.

On Sept. 30, they said, the Delaware State Police and the Ocean View Police Department executed another search-and-seizure warrant at a residence on Dorothy Circle in Ocean View. And on Oct. 7, a search-and-seizure warrant was executed for the second time on Reed Street in Frankford, with the assistance of the Frankford Police Department. The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant in Berlin, Md., concurrent with other searches, police noted.

As a result of the drug investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit seized 90 grams of crack cocaine; 162 Oxycodone pills; a small quantity of marijuana, $13,500 in cash from drug proceeds and five vehicles (a 2000 Jaguar, 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2000 Cadillac, 2009 Nissan Sentra and 1999 Ford F-150).

Arrested were:

• Antonio Jones, 32, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree, Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jones was released on Oct. 15, on $43,600 cash bond.

• John S. Holland, 53, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree, Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Holland was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $13,250 secured bond.

• Traves Snead, 31, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Trafficking Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree, Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Snead was released on $12,800 unsecured bond.

• Bryant Barnes, 19, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Oxycodone, Maintaining a Vehicle for Keeping Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Barnes was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $7,000 secured bond.

• Patricia Ayers, 36, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping Controlled Substances, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Ayers was released on $4,100 secured bond.

• Kenneth Spady, 50, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Delivery of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest. Spady was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $10,000 secured bond.

• Phillip Doughty, 38, of Berlin, Md., who was charged with Possession of Oxycodone and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Doughty was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $15,000 secured bond.

• Bruce Harmon, 31, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Harmon was released on $3,500 unsecured bond.

• Patrick Bratton, 47, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Maintaining a Vehicle for Keeping Controlled Substances and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bratton was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $12,000 cash bond.

• Robert Cottingham, 46, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was released on his own recognizance.

• Brandon Mumford, 25, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Delivery of Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Brandon Mumford was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $16,500 secured bond.

• Markis Leonard, 24, of Selbyville, who was charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and was released on $500 unsecured bond.

• Lawrence Ash III, 27, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Delivery of Oxycodone.

• Theodore Mumford, 21, of the Frankford area, who was charged with two counts of Delivery of Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Theodore Mumford was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $10,000 cash bond.

• Rachel Murray, 22, of Dagsboro, who was charged with Delivery of Cocaine and was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $10,000 secured bond.

• Corey Showalter,18, of the Frankford area, who was charged with Delivery of Cocaine, Conspiracy Second Degree, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Maintaining a Vehicle for Keeping Controlled Substances. Showalter was released on $13,000 secured bond.

• Brad Snitch, 27, of Ocean View, who was charged with Delivery of a Schedule III Controlled Substance (Suboxone) and was held at Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of $2,000 secured bond.

• A 17-year-old juvenile, who was charged with Attempted Delivery of Cocaine.

• Tonsha McCray, 21, of the Frankford area, who was not apprehended and was wanted by police this week on two counts of Delivery of Cocaine.

Delaware State Police were seeking the public’s assistance in location the suspect still at large: Tonsha McCray. Anyone with information on McCray's whereabouts or other information pertaining to this case is being asked to call investigators at (302) 856-5850, ext. 0, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through the tip line maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers online at www.tipsubmit.com.

“Delaware State Police continues its efforts to stop the illegal sale and distribution of drugs throughout the state,” police officials said this week, noting that the Delaware State Police last month concluded a substantial investigation into drug distribution as 35 persons were arrested in a drug nexus throughout several Kent County communities.

“With the 18 arrested in Sussex County and 35 arrested in Kent County over the last few months, 53 drug dealers have been removed from our communities and large quantities of drugs taken off the streets.”