16 charged in Sussex drug bust

SUSSEX COUNTY — Sixteen persons arrested or indicted on 71 charges concluded Operation Royal Flush, a multi-jurisdictional investigation into an illegal heroin trafficking organization, police said Friday.

The operation was conducted by 11 agencies in Delaware and Maryland. Multiple search warrants were executed and over 800 grams of raw heroin along with two firearms were seized.

On April 22, members of the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team, Maryland State Police Heroin Investigation Unit, Delaware State Police concluded an eight-month joint heroin trafficking investigation with the presentment of a multiple count indictment in Sussex County. An additional seven count indictment was issued in Worcester County, Maryland on April 23.

Prince Gordon

Other law enforcement agencies involved included: Delaware Department of Justice, Worcester County States Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Ocean City PD, Delaware Department of Correction, Pocomoke PD and the Millsboro PD.

Police said the investigation determined that Ocean Pines, Maryland resident Prince Gordon was allegedly head of a drug trafficking organization distributing quantities of heroin throughout the Sussex County and Worcester County, Maryland areas.

Search warrants were conducted in Millsboro, Lewes and Bridgeville, Delaware, along with Ocean Pines and Berlin, Maryland.

Rodolfo Martinez

Detectives seized over 800 grams of raw heroin, two loaded handguns, nearly $11,000 in United States currency and two heroin processing kits including packaging materials. The heroin seized during this investigation was determined to have a street value of nearly one million dollars.

Mr. Gordon was arrested on numerous drug and firearms charges. He was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Center in default of $631,200 cash bond.

Rodolfo Martinez, 35, of Bridgeville, was charged with criminal racketeering and other offenses and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.

Davon Tucker, 36, of Patterson, New Jersey was indicted on drug and criminal racketeering charged. He was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna in default of $120,500 cash bond.

Davon Tucker

Also indicted on various charges were:

• Britney N. Curtis, 30, of Millsboro

• Laricka C. Taylor, 33, of Millsboro

• Chad M. Gibbs, 34, of Ellendale

• Keshora L. Garrison, 36, of Millsboro

• Ortherasa L. Clark, 56, of Millsboro

• Marvin L. Newbill, 34, of Federalsburg, Maryland

• Courtney E. Hayward, 29, of Delmar

• Darshon T. Adkins, 31, of Millsboro

• Anthony M. Sturgis, 31, of Dagsboro

• Raymond E. Jackson Jr., 31, of Millsboro

Police asked for the public’s assistance in locating Douglas D. Best Jr., 26, of Millsboro, Sylvester J. Weaver Jr., 39, of Millsboro and Allen P. White, 33, of Milton.

Information on the wanted suspects’ whereabouts can be called into 911 immediately, Troop 4 at 856-5850, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, or contact online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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