94 arrests made in Coverdale Crossroads criminal investigation

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – One Bridgeville community is at the center of a massive ongoing criminal operation. An investigation that has led to nearly 100 arrests and multiple drugs and weapons seized.

“It’s really about time that they came out here and did it,” exclaims Charlene Stanley, a Coverdale Crossroads resident.

The Coverdale Crossroads community in Bridgeville is getting the attention they’ve been waiting for for years in the form of a massive on-going criminal investigation designed to rid the area of drugs and gun violence.

“A plan was initiated with the primary goals of reducing and preventing crime and ultimately deterring the criminal element. As this was not only to address and target gun violence but also the open drug sales in that community,” explains Sgt. Richard Bratz of Delaware State Police.

It’s a plan that started back in January after this community experienced three shootings in the span of just four days. A plan that is working with 94 arrests, 60 felony charges and 165 misdemeanor charges.

Sgt. Bratz says, “There were multiple firearms seized, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, pills as well as over $10,000 in suspected drug proceeds were seized in this one operation and it continues.”

Residents say they’re happy to see officers working hard to improve life in their community.

Stanley tells 47 ABC, “I’m glad that they’re doing it because there are kids out here and we need a better living environment where there’s no drugs or anything like that.”

And with the heightened police enforcement efforts ongoing, the hope is to create a safer community.

“The Delaware State Police want to continue with the initiative to combat the crime not just the Coverdale Crossroads community but all of our communities in Delaware to make sure the people feel safe and secure in their homes.”

State police tell us this investigation is still active as they continue to rid the drugs and crime from this community.

But the three shootings that sparked this entire operation are still open investigations, so police are asking anyone who might know any information on those incidents to call Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

And while DSP and allied agencies continue this massive operation, they are also adding a community outreach element to better connect with the Coverdale Crossroads community.

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