23 fugitives arrested in multi-agency sweep

KENT COUNTY — Law enforcement agencies teamed up to arrest 23 fugitives in a two-day operation, and serve 18 warrants with 194 criminal charges involved, authorities said Friday.

The blitz ran Tuesday and Wednesday and served to “address quality of life crime, violent crime and reduc(e) the number of persons with outstanding warrants and probation absconders,” Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said in a news release.

DSP was joined by Milford, Camden and Smyrna police, Delaware Department of Probation and Parole and the Department of Correction.
The campaign launched in two separate phases with apprehension teams moving throughout Kent County.

The arrest targets came from a DSP Troop 3 active warrant file and Probation and Parole list. Burglary and theft of a firearm charges were involved, police said.

Also, 34 court capiases were resolved, including violations of probation. A possession of marijuana civil violation was also filed, according to the news release.

The second phase was conducted by the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and the Kent County Drug Unit.
A wanted person was apprehended on several court capiases and five misdemeanor charges resulted from the contact with police.

Additionally, a residential search warrant execution yielded 189 baggies (approximately 1.323 grams) of heroin and a child under 10 years old was located. Five court capiases were also cleared in the process.

According to the police news release, “This combined effort highlights how the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies can effectively combat crime which in turn increases the quality of life for the communities we serve.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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