WBOC Tours Drug Hotspot in Seaford - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

WBOC Tours Drug Hotspot in Seaford

Posted: Updated:
Seaford Police Department responded to the scene Friday afternoon when suspected drug dealers targeted a WBOC car (Source: WBOC) Seaford Police Department responded to the scene Friday afternoon when suspected drug dealers targeted a WBOC car (Source: WBOC)
There have been two drug arrests at Chandler Heights Apartments in the last week (Source: WBOC) There have been two drug arrests at Chandler Heights Apartments in the last week (Source: WBOC)
The WBOC Car back window was shattered Friday afternoon (Source: WBOC) The WBOC Car back window was shattered Friday afternoon (Source: WBOC)

SEAFORD, Del. - After two recent drug arrests, WBOC toured the Chandler Heights Apartments in Seaford on Friday morning, in order to look at what community advocates call a "hotspot"  for heroin distribution. Quickly though, WBOC  found itself in the center of the story, as suspected drug dealers turned violent. As WBOC staff members sat in the front seats, suspected drug dealers threw an unidentified object at the back window, shattering it.

Seaford community advocate Dupree Johnson said that this type of behavior was expected since this is one of many drug hotspots in the county. 

"Any place can be a hotspot," he said. "It could be a well-due community tomorrow. And could be a low income community the next day. Wherever they choose to go. Wherever they choose to set-up - that is a hotspot.” 

The Friday incident follows two recent drug arrests at the Chandler Heights Apartments. The most recent arrest at the development was on Thursday afternoon when police arrested 18-year-old James Fegans of Dagsboro. According to police, Fegans was in possession of approximately 104 bags of heroin, which he tried to hide in a bag of potato chips. 

Two days earlier on Monday evening, Seaford Police arrested two suspects, who were allegedly in possession of 99 bags of heroin and $5,322 in suspected drug money. Those suspects were 25-year-old Torontay Mann of Seaford and a 16-year-old Seaford boy who was not identified. 

The Seaford Police Department told WBOC that it is not just a Chandler Heights problem. Lt. Glenn Van Fleet said that this is one of many locations in town suffering due to the heroin epidemic. 

"There are hotspots across the city," he said. "And really there are hotspots across the county." 

Johnson, who is one of the founding members of the Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition, said that the key would be solving the addiction crisis, saying that the supply would follow demand. He said that until then, the drug trade will continue to grip entire communities across Delmarva. 

"I’m sure that the community members of this area that are really afraid," he said. "Or if they're actually benefiting from this kind of hotspot, they are not really saying much. They’re not really doing much. But they really want help.”

As police searched for evidence on Friday afternoon, Johnson said that he was certain things would return to normal once the police and media had dispersed. 

"They’ll be back here," he said. "After you leave within the hour. Within the hour." 

Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices