Delaware

Six arrested in Kent County drug investigation

MAGNOLIA, Del. - Six people are facing various drug charges, after troopers say they were arrested in connection with a month long drug investigation, in Kent County.

Delaware State Police say on Thursday, their Kent County Drug Unit completed a month long investigation into illegal drug sales from a home, in Magnolia. Authorities report that six people were arrested as a result of the investigation.

According to the report, Investigators executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Woodville Road where 23-year-old Dennise Neill, of Viola, 37-year-old Eric Huffstutler, of Frederica, and 36-year-old Eric Garrison, of Frederica, were found in the area of a black Dodge Charger that was parked in the driveway. Troopers say Neill, Huffstutler, and Garrison were arrested without incident. DSP reports that 52-year-old Sonia Griffin, of Magnolia was found on the back deck and 56-year-old Frank Ramos, of Magnolia was found in the nearby area. Investigators say an unknown subject, later identified as 47-year-old Christopher Jones, of Dover, arrived at the home and then fled on foot. Troopers say they were assisted by a K9 unit in finding Jones in a nearby trailer and arresting him.

According to officials, a search of the vehicle revealed  approximately 1.23 grams of marijuana and a crack pipe. Authorities report that during a search of Neill, investigators found over $1,400 in suspected drug proceeds. Troopers report that a search of Huffstutler and Garrison revealed four bags of heroin and .93 grams of crack cocaine and over $2,400.00 in suspected drug proceeds and 8- Oxycodone 15 mg pills, respectively. According to the report, while searching the home, law enforcement found an additional 67 bags of heroin, 123.72 grams of marijuana, .14 grams of crack cocaine, two Suboxone 12 mg strips, digital scales, packaging materials, and a ledger.

Neill, Huffstutler, Garrison, Griffin, Ramos, and Jones were transported to Troop 3  and charged with various drug offenses. According to officials, Ramos and Griffin were out on bond from previous drug charges stemming from a search warrant executed on August 10.  Ramos and Griffin were both issued a $37,000 cash bond and turned over to the James T. Vaugh Correctional Center and the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Center.

Authorities say Jones is currently wanted on a warrant for child support and is facing charges related to this investigation. He was apparently treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital for the dog bite, and turned over to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $9,000 cash bond.

Neill, Huffstutler, and Garrison were charged and later released on bond.

During the execution of the warrant, Delaware State Police were assisted by Kent County Governor's Task Force and the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team.


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