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14 Indicted in Dover Dog Fighting, Drug Trafficking Investigation

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DOVER, Del.- Federal prosecutors say 14 men have been indicted as the result of an investigation into dog fighting, drug trafficking and firearms possession in Dover.   

United States Attorney Charles M. Oberly III announced Thursday that a federal grand jury last week returned two superseding indictments charging the 14 defendants with various violations of federal law.  The first indictment contains 23 counts and alleged conduct that includes conspiracy to distribute cocaine; distribution of cocaine; possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; and possession of firearms by prohibited persons. The second indictment contains charges relating to the sponsoring of animals in dog fighting ventures.

The drug indictment alleges that between January and March 2014 in Delaware, 38-year-old Edward Strugis, of Dover; 28-year-old Leshawn Ingram, of Smyrna; 40-year-old Christopher Glover, of Dover; 30-year-old Robert Ingram, of Dover; 49-year-old James Wilson, of Magnolia; and 38-year-old Corey Curtis, of New Castle, conspired to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute. 

The indictment also alleges that on various dates, Sturgis; both Ingram's; Glover; Wilson; Curtis; 36-year-old Terah Moore, of Dover; 36-year-old Keith Adkins, of Dover; 46-year-old Dwyane Dixon of Dover; 31-year-old Jamar Cannon, of Dover; and 27-year-old Aaron Cannon of Hartley; engaged in the distribution of cocaine and/or the possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute it in Delaware. 

Prosecutors said that if convicted of any of the conspiracy, distribution or the possession counts, the defendants face up to 20 years imprisonment in addition to fines, and supervised release. 

Sturgis, both Ingram's, Glover, Wilson, and Curtis also face a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years of imprisonment, and up to 40 years in prison, in addition to fines, and supervised release, authorities said.

The dog fighting indictment alleges that between the dates of Jan. 17, 2014 and Febr. 19, 2014, Sturgis, Robert Ingram, 42-year-old William Chapman, of Dover; 36-year-old Tyshi Hazzard, of Rehoboth Beach, and 39-year-old Deshawn Groce, of Dover, engaged in a conspiracy and two substantive offenses alleging violations of the federal dog fighting statute.  If convicted of any of these offenses, defendants could face up to five years imprisonment, in addition to fines and supervised release.

The indictments and arrests of the aforementioned defendants were the product of a long-term investigation, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Dover Police Department that culminated in the execution of 18 search warrants, and the seizures of several firearms and controlled substances.  

"I am confident that the execution of multiple arrest and search warrants by ATF and its law enforcement partners has made a significant impact on crime in Delaware, and specifically in the city of Dover," Acting ATF Special Agent in Charge William P. McMullan said in a statement. "ATF continues to work complex investigations with its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in Delaware in order to bring violent criminals to justice."
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