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Major Drug Sting Nets 40 Suspects on Drug Charges

Posted: 08/14/2017 04:42:00 -04:00 Updated:

 

 

SUSSEX CO., Del. - A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal drug sales in lower Delaware has netted 40 suspects on various drug trafficking charges. Delaware State Police said the investigation brought out more than 190 criminal charges.

According to police, operation "Golden Horseshoe" concluded on June 14, 2017. Through the investigation, detectives were able to establish Lamont M. Johnson, Antonio P. Holder, James J. Jones, and Yusef L. Matthews headed the massive drug ring, which police say was responsible for the distribution of various amounts of cocaine and heroin in the last nine months. These four had an operation primarily in the Coverdale area, according to police. Sonia E. Chavez, also known as Maria Zakrociemski, was identified as organizing and distributing a significant quantity of heroin in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas.

The operation involved the execution of search warrants at 11 different homes throughout Sussex County and resulted in the arrest of indictment of 40 suspects on numerous drug and weapons offenses, according to police.

Police are still looking for a handful of suspects.

The total seizure amount during the investigation is listed as follows:

$156,124.00 in suspected drug proceeds
278.95 grams of powder cocaine
12.15 grams of crack cocaine
2262 bags of Heroin(15.834 grams)
157.52 grams of marijuana
Glock 9mm pistol
Various items of stolen property were also recovered.

"Heroin is a major contributor to criminal activity in Sussex County and throughout Delaware. The State Police and DOJ deputies, investigators and staff have worked tirelessly to address it, and Attorney General Denn has made dealing with substance use issues a priority. Heroin, fentanyl and mixtures of these drugs are a danger to public safety for drug users, police, emergency personnel, and others who may come into contact with them. Mere contact with these substances can be fatal," said David Hume, Sussex County Prosecutor at the Department of Justice. "Operation Golden Horseshoe dealt a significant blow to criminal organizations responsible for the presence of heroin and other dangerous drugs in Sussex County. In addition to our law enforcement partners at the Delaware State Police, I would like to recognize the contributions of Deputy Attorneys General Haley King and Michael Tipton for their continuing efforts in this case."

"The success of this investigation demonstrates that it will take the collaborative efforts of all of our law enforcement partners and the cooperation and support of effected communities to target and dismantle drug organizations plaguing neighborhoods across our State" said Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Superintendent of Delaware State Police. "Thank you to our Troopers, prosecutors and all of our federal state and local law enforcement partners for their outstanding work on this investigation. All of our agencies remain committed to working with our communities to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking throughout the State of Delaware."

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