Delaware

Seaford man sentenced for heroin distribution, gun charges

SEAFORD, Del. - A Seaford man was sentenced on Thursday to over five years in prison for having a gun and distributing heroin in Seaford.

According to the Department of Justice, Bob Bennett pleaded guilty in May to possession with intent to distribute heroin, in violation of Title 21, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On November 4, 2016, ATF and Seaford Police executed a search warrant on Bennett's home and car in Seaford. The search found a loaded .40 caliber firearm in the same room as two safes, the contents of which included 3,250 bags of heroin stamped "Donald Trump." Nearby officers found an additional 109 bags of heroin, stamped 'Donald Trump" or "Ferrari," as well as a total of $2,418 in cash. Agents recovered a number of other items in the house.

Acting United States Attorney David C. Weiss says, "The Court's sentence reflects the severity of Mr. Bennett's actions and the risks those actions presented to the Seaford community. Bennett was responsible for introducing a large amount of heroin into the community.  Worse, he used guns to further that activity—even providing weapons to the dealers selling his heroin.  This is exactly the type of destructive, and potentially violent, criminal that the U.S. Department of Justice, the ATF, and Seaford PD want to get off of our streets."

Daniel L. Board Jr., the Special Agent in Charge for the ATF Baltimore Field Division says, "Armed narcotics traffickers pose a defined threat to the citizens in Seaford and throughout Delaware. However, ATF will continue to be unwavering in our response to these threats.  We will proactively fight violent crime at every turn by targeting, investigating and partnering in the prosecution of those who seek to reduce the quality of life in our communities."

As noted, District Court Judge Gregory Sleet sentenced Bennett to 66 months in prison and three years of supervised release. In sentencing Bennett, Judge Sleet specified that he was disturbed by Bennett's nearly 20 years of involvement with the criminal justice system, especially the fact that Bennett turned to using guns to further his heroin distribution activities. Judge Sleet said that he hoped that this sentence would spur Bennett to a rehabilitated life for both him and his children.

The case was investigated by the ATF and Seaford Police. Assistant United States Attorneys Alexander S. Mackler and Lesley F. Wolk prosecuted the case.


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