Two problematic, trash-laden Selbyville-area streets served as the backdrop last week for the climactic conclusion of a three-month long Delaware State Police and Selbyville Police Department undercover investigation into open-air drug sales.
Police executed search warrants on March 1 in two homes on the dilapidated Lincoln and Roosevelt avenues, off Pollybranch Road, and arrested eight on charges related to cocaine and marijuana. Six of the suspects were from Selbyville; one was from Dagsboro, another from Georgetown. They ranged in age from 15 to 45 years old.
“It’s a problem just because it touches our town limits and it’s not in it,” Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins said of the area where the arrests were made, adding that the cooperation with the other agencies was “outstanding. We certainly go out there to assist the state with a lot of complaints. The trouble that’s there is the trouble that is here, too.”
Selbyville residents Richard Harmon, 45; Roosevelt Bailey, 39; and McKineo Middleton, 20; as well as two Selbyville minors, were charged with delivery of cocaine. Georgetown resident Cornell Gray, 23, was also charged with delivery of cocaine.
Fallon Shelton, 21, of Selbyville, was charged with possession with intent to deliver cocaine and a Dagsboro resident was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana. Harmon, Bailey, Middleton and one of the minors were also charged with conspiracy.
Most also faced various lesser charges, in addition to the drug charges. Those arrested on the drug charges were considered targets of the investigation, according to Cpl. Jeff Oldham, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.
Oldham said that members of the Drug Task Force concealed their police identities to enter the neighborhood and buy drugs from suspects. Police also used surveillance from the area to build a case, he said. A Lincoln Avenue resident, who wished to remain unidentified in fear of repercussions, said he was not surprised by the arrests.
“I know there’s a lot of activity in the area,” he said, pointing in the direction of a neighboring trailer home. “There’s a lot of people in and out of there. It’s been that way for a while. It was bound to happen,” he added.
Lincoln and Roosevelt avenues, connected by a roundabout and located on the west side of Pollybranch Road, serve as home to roughly two dozen trailers and the families that occupy them. Trash litters the yards and streets; seemingly abandoned cars sit vacant, many sporting shattered rear windshields.
Messages on pieces of notebook paper taped to the front of two doors, one on Lincoln and one on Roosevelt, invite visitors to “use the back door.” On Monday, beyond one of the shoddily-made signs and a door without a knob, a man asked a Coastal Point reporter if he wanted a “10” before refusing comment on the arrests.
Another man, who answered the door of a seemingly well-kept trailer on Roosevelt and shooed small children away from the door while he answered questions, said he was not “disturbed” by the arrests and refused to comment further.
A barking dog on a chain seemed to be the only one home at another house, the yard of which served as home to at least five cars, some of them without rear windshields or tires.
A woman who appeared in her late teens answered the neighboring door — again beyond a notebook-paper sign taped to the front door asking visitors to go around back — and gave the name Sharvelle Feddiman.
“We knew it was coming,” she said of the arrests. “I think it’s a good thing. I wouldn’t want my kids growing up around that. I wouldn’t want them being like that.”.