Nine arrested following major drug investigation in Magnolia

MAGNOLIA, Del. - A major drug investigation unfolded in Magnolia, where police say they found over 400 packages of heroin which led to the arrest of nine people.

According to Delaware State Police, Members of the Kent County Drug Unit, Kent County Governor's Task Force, Troop 3 Criminal Investigative Unit, and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, conducted a three month long investigation that landed them at two residences, the unit block of Terry Drive and the 100 block of Woodville Drive, in Meadowbrook Acres.

Police arrested the following nine individuals at the Terry Drive residence:

20-year-old Troy McNally, of Magnolia 
22-year-old Antonio Bynum, of Magnolia 
35-year-old Richard Keesser, of Magnolia 
33-year-old Cheryl Jones,  of Magnolia 
51-year-old Clarence McDonald, of Magnolia
56-year-old John Bennett, of Dagsboro 
46-year-old Eric Hopkins, of Magnolia 

Xzavier Hovington, 18, of Woodside, was arrested on a Local Fugitive warrant out of Kent County Family Court and released on $500 unsecured bond.
A 17-year-old juvenile of Magnolia was charged with Criminal Impersonation and Resisting Arrest.  He also had a Local Fugitive Warrant out of Kent County Family Court and was committed to the Stevenson House in Milford.

Police recovered $1,115  in suspected drug proceeds, over 26 grams of crack cocaine, 436 packages of heroin and over 6 grams of marijuana at the Terry Drive residence. 

 At the Woodville residence drug paraphernalia was recovered  but no illicit narcotics were found.  It was discovered that all occupants had left the residence prior to their arrival.

As units were clearing from this property, members of KDU observed a local fugitive walking on Woodville Drive. The subject identified as 31-year-old Ida Wright, of Magnolia, was contacted and initially provided a false name, and subsequently taken into custody without further incident.

Charges for these individuals include conspiracy, possession, maintaining a drug property, and possession with intent to distribute among other charges 

McNally, Bennett and Hopkins were committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna where they are being held on bond.

Bynum, Keesser, Jones and McDonald have been released on bond.


More Stories in the News