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Del. State Police Detectives Arrest Four for Heroin Possession

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Heroin seized from the Sunrise Motel in Seaford (Photo: Delaware State Police) Heroin seized from the Sunrise Motel in Seaford (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Bryant LeCates, Pamela M. Lama, and Joseph Owens Jr. (Photo: Delaware State Police) Bryant LeCates, Pamela M. Lama, and Joseph Owens Jr. (Photo: Delaware State Police)
Michael D. Coverdale (Photo: Delaware State Police) Michael D. Coverdale (Photo: Delaware State Police)
SEAFORD, Del. - The Delaware State Police say four people were arrested Wednesday after a several month-long investigation into illegal drug sales from a home in Blades and a hotel room in Seaford.

Detectives from the Sussex County Drug Task Force and Governor's Task Force responded to East Third Street in Blades Wednesday around 3:20 pm to conduct a search warrant, according to police.

Upon the troopers' arrival, police say 24-year-old Bryant LeCates, 45-year-old Pamela M. Lama, and 53-year-old Joseph Owens Jr., all of Blades, were all taken into custody.  Police say a search warrant was conducted and detectives located 280 bags of heroin with a total weight of 4.2 grams, .4 grams of marijuana, .4 grams of powder cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and over $900 in suspected drug money.

Police say a separate search warrant was conducted at 2 p.m. the same day in a room at the Sunrise Motel located on Sussex Highway in Seaford.  38-year-old Michael D. Coverdale, of Seaford, was taken into custody upon the Task Force unit's arrival, according to police.  Detectives say they were able to locate 7,808 bags of heroin with a weight of 117.09 grams, three Oxycodone pills, over $6,000 in suspected drug money, drug paraphernalia, and a fully loaded 9mm handgun.

All three suspects were transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown and charged with possession of heroin and the possession with the intent to deliver, as well as several other charges. Police say the three men were committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution. LeCates was committed on a $17,200 cash bond, Owens on $28,500 cash bond, and Coverdale on $150,900 cash bond.

Police say Lama was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $28,500 cash bond.
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