Illegal drug trafficking investigation leads to multiple arrests in Kent Co.

From left to right: McCove, Haith, Barnaby

KENT COUNTY, Del. – Delaware State Police say that 20 people were arrested on more than 200 felony charges following an investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization.

Operation “Old School” wrapped up on January 3rd following a two year investigation into this drug trafficking organization. Officials say the organization was responsible for a large scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana in and around the Kent County area.

The investigation began back in June 2016 when Delaware State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Dover Police Department identified a large-scale cocaine trafficking organization operating out of Kent and New Castle Counties in Delaware. At the head of the organization was 44-year-old Ricardo Barnaby of New Castle, 44-year-old Barry Haith of Dover, and 39-year-old Lamont McCove of Harrington. Several lower level members of the organization were also identified.

A total of ten search warrants were executed during the investigation. Officials seized the following items as a result:

  • 3,061.95 grams of cocaine
  • 694.98 grams of marijuana
  • 3.3 grams of THC oil
  • 33.6 grams of crack cocaine
  • A 40 caliber handgun
  • Three 9 mm handguns
  • An AR-15
  • $96,011 in suspected drug proceeds
  • Assorted ammunition
  • A 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck, valued at $5,000
  • A 2018 moped, valued at 2,000
  • Assorted drug paraphernalia

Ricardo Barnaby was charged with racketeering, six counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, seven counts of aggravated possession, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is currently being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution (SCI) on $205,000 cash only bond.

Barry Haith was charged with racketeering, 23 counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, 11 counts of aggravated possession, 18 counts of conspiracy 2nd, five counts of criminal solicitation, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of reckless endangering 2nd, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, disregarding police signal, and criminal mischief over $5,000. He is currently being held at SCI on $223,000 secured bond.

Lamont McCove was charged with racketeering, 18 counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, 15 counts of aggravated possession, 14 counts of conspiracy 2nd, four counts of criminal solicitation, three counts of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, two counts of tampering with evidence, and disregarding a police signal. He is currently being held at SCI on $301,000 cash only bond.

In addition, 17 other individuals were indicted and/or arrested as part of this organization, totaling 244 felony and 34 misdemeanor charges. Police say all suspects have been located and arrested.

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