KENT COUNTY, Del. - The Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit with the help of the Dover City Police Department, say they have arrested five people a three month long investigation into dealing illegal drugs in the Camden and Dover area.
According to reports, on July 3rd, at approximately 6:00 AM, authorities executed a search warrant at Edward Hale's home, in the 200 block of Thicket Road, Camden-Wyoming. Detectives located 107 bags of heroin, packaged individually for sale, 20 Vyvanse Pills, 17 amphetamine pills, 11 suboxone strips, drug paraphernalia, as well as over $450 in suspected drug proceeds. Detectives say they set up surveillance of the residence with the understanding that numerous drug transactions were to take place. William Friends reportedly arrived at the house, and when he saw authorities, attempted to flee, but was taken into custody. A search of Friends' vehicle revealed 650 bags of heroin totaling more than 16.25 grams.
Shortly after, reports say David Evans arrived at the home, and was taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed 1,012 bags of heroin totaling more than 25 grams, 1.5 grams of marijuana, 31 clonazepam pills, 1 focalin pill, a .32 caliber handgun with the serial number obliterated, and 56 rounds of ammunition. He was also in possession of over $3,800 in suspected drug proceeds.
Authorities say they then responded to the Dover Inn Hotel, at 428 North DuPont Highway in Dover, after information was received about another drug transaction about to take place. Jahlil Patton was observed knocking on a door to the hotel, and when officers attempted to make contact with him, he fled on foot before being taken into custody. While Patton was attempting to escape the officers, he was seen reportedly discarding several packages of heroin on the ground. Officials say all 1,296 bags were located, along with 4.5 grams of marijuana that was located in a car driven by Patton's girlfriend, Alveda Alfred. She was taken into custody without incident.
Reports say Hale, Friends, and Evans were all transported back to Troop 3 near Camden where they were arrested for the above listed charges. Hale was reportedly released on an unsecured bond while Friends and Evans were committed on $122,700 and $121,000 cash bails respectively. Patton and Alfred were allegedly taken back to Dover PD where they were arrested for the above listed charges and turned over to the Department of Corrections on $131,500 and $11,600 cash bonds. Police say this operation resulted in the recovery of 3,069 bags of heroin totaling more than 76 grams, 80 pills, 3 firearms along with several rounds of ammunition, and over $4,200.00 in suspected drug proceeds.