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Troopers Seize Heroin and Cash after Kent County Drug Investigation

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Savanna Baynum Savanna Baynum
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Timothy R. Lawlor Timothy R. Lawlor
HARTLY, Del.- The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit announced Wednesday it has completed a 3-month drug investigation into a heroin distribution and sales operation in Kent County.

Delaware State Police said that on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit, Delaware State Police Kent County Governor's Task Force, and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), were assisted by Dover Police Department, Milford Police Department, and the DEA in culminating the investigation by executing search warrants at two residences in Kent County, located in the first block of Shovelhead Drive in Hartly and the 100 block of Blackberry Circle in Marydel

During the execution of the search warrants, DSP said the focus of the investigation identified Timothy R. Lawlor, 25, of Hartly, and Savanna Baynum, 24, of Hartly, who were taken into custody without incident at the Shovelhead Drive residence. Troopers said there were also three children in the residence, ranging from three to seven years of age. They were turned over to family members, according to DSP, and the Division of Family Services is conducting an investigation.

As a result of the search warrants of both residences, DSP said troopers seized 582 bags of heroin and one gram of raw heroin, totaling 9.73 grams, with a total street value of $2,000. One gram of marijuana, a 12-gauge shotgun, digital scales utilized to weigh drugs, hypodermic needles, miscellaneous packaging items utilized to package and distribute drugs, and 4 Naloxone pills were also seized. In addition, DSP said troopers located $40,670 in cash proceeds indicative of being obtained through street-level drug transactions, and $650 in counterfeit money. The investigation also resulted in the seizure of four vehicles utilized for the transport and distribution of heroin during the 3-month investigation.

Police said Lawlor was charged in connection to the search warrants with 14 crimes, including possession of heroin in Tier 5 quantity, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, forgery, conspiracy, possession of marijuana, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of Naloxone without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $90,000 Cash Bond.

Baynum was charged in connection to the search warrants with ten crimes, including possession of heroin in Tier 2 quantity, possession with intent to deliver heroin, forgery, conspiracy, possession of marijuana, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of Naloxone without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $20,500 Secured Bond.

“Troopers will continue to combat the scourge of heroin in our state through continued active and aggressive investigations, including joint investigations and criminal intelligence sharing with our partners from all local, regional, and federal law enforcement agencies,” said Sgt. Paul G. Shavack, spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

Troopers continue to investigate this case.



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