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3 Arrested in Kent County Drug Bust

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Carlos O. Benson Carlos O. Benson
Erica N. Banks Erica N. Banks
Jonathan N. King Jonathan N. King

CAMDEN, Del.- Delaware State Police say a 2-month undercover investigation in Dover led to the Tuesday morning arrests of three people on drug-dealing charges.

The arrests followed the 6 a.m. raid of a home in the unit block of Hickory Drive, Briar Park in Dover. Police say the investigation surrounded the illegal distribution of crack cocaine.  

According to police, during the course of the investigation detectives identified several persons who live in the home as suspected drug dealers. 

Police say that during the raid, one of the home's occupants, 33-year-old Carlos O. Benson, obtained several individual bags of crack cocaine, weighing approximately 8 grams and attempted to hide by crawling into a bed with three children.  The children were a 7-year-old boy, a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl.

Police say that when detectives located Benson and began questioning him, they observed him swallow the crack cocaine. According to investigators, Benson stated that he ingested approximately 8 grams of crack cocaine in an effort to conceal the drugs from police. Because of what happened, Benson was taken by ambulance to Kent General Hospital where he has been admitted for treatment. 

Police say that during a later search of the residence, additional crack cocaine packaged for sale weighing approximately .7 grams, digital scales, and additional packaging material was located.  The bags were consistent with the crack cocaine filled bags that Benson placed in his mouth, according to investigators. Police say that furthermore, several individual bags of marijuana, a second digital scale, and more packaging material were located.  The alleged marijuana weighed 29.7 grams.

As a result of the investigation, arrest warrants have been obtained for Benson that charge him with possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling, tampering with physical evidence, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  He will be charged once released from the hospital.

Twenty-five-year-old Erica N. Banks of Dover was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver crack cocaine, maintaining a dwelling, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was released on a $14,000 unsecured bail.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jonathan N. King of Dover was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was released on a $6,000 unsecured bond.

 
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