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Anti-Drug Advocates: Bust a Big Step; But Half The Battle

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The results of a May 11 search of various homes across the county, in a part of "Operation Duck Hunt" (Source: Delaware State Police) The results of a May 11 search of various homes across the county, in a part of "Operation Duck Hunt" (Source: Delaware State Police)
Deangelo McGlotten was the "ring leader," according to police (Source: Delaware State Police) Deangelo McGlotten was the "ring leader," according to police (Source: Delaware State Police)
Salman Choudhary ran the laundering operations, according to police. He is also the owner of Master Tires in Georgetown (Source: Delaware State Police) Salman Choudhary ran the laundering operations, according to police. He is also the owner of Master Tires in Georgetown (Source: Delaware State Police)
Luis Manzanet-Garlaza was the supplier for McGlotten's operation, according to police. He is still on the run. (Source: Delaware State Police) Luis Manzanet-Garlaza was the supplier for McGlotten's operation, according to police. He is still on the run. (Source: Delaware State Police)

SEAFORD, Del. - Just one day after a massive drug operation was announced, anti-drug advocates told WBOC that this is just half of the battle. 

"You could take all the supply away," said Jim Martin from the ACE Center in Seaford. "And you would still have a huge addiction problem. And because there's an addiction problem, there's a market for even more drugs to come in."

For full details on the massive two-year operation, which netted 13 people and more than 116,000 bags of heroin, you can click here. Investigators announced details of "Operation Duck Hunt" at a press conference in Georgetown on Tuesday. 

Police said the ring leader of the operation was DeAngelo McGlotten, who lived on the 16000 block of Progress School Road in Bridgeville. According to police, McGlotten ran a drug distribution network that provided to the communities of Laurel, Seaford, Chandler Heights, Concord, Oak Orchard, Coverdale, Milford and Dover.

With his absence, Martin said he feared another would take his place to fill the market. 

"They know the huge demand that's out there," he said. "And anyone that has a business mind - if they fall over to the dark side - it's an easy way to make money. So we need to keep people over on the good side somehow."

One of the other main players arrested in the operation was Salman Choudhary, who was in charge of the laundering efforts through businesses including the Dover Downs Casino. WBOC has now learned that Choudhary is also the owner of Master Tires, a well-known business in Georgetown on Route 113. Martin said that he knew Choudhary before his arrest.

"That's where I took my car over to get tires," he said. "And Salman was the proprietor and we had a good relationship... We'd talk about our kids, our family, and the fact that they are going to church."

Choudhary was placed behind bars with a $1.7 million cash bond, the highest amount of anybody arrested in the operation. 

Sharon Childress, who spent a decade addicted to crack-cocaine, is now a volunteer at the ACE Center, and said that the arrests do not solve the problem completely.  

"Back when I was into drugs," she said, "Once they’d bust one place, you’d go someplace else. And you could get it.” 

As of Wednesday afternoon, five of the 13 people facing charges, are still on the run. That includes Luis Manzanet-Garlaza, who police said was the main supplier to McGlotten's operation. Police said that he may be out of state. 

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