Operation ‘old school’ nets multiple arrests

A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal drug trafficking organization involving multiple subjects conducted by the Delaware State Police, Dover Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delaware Probation and Parole, and other assisting agencies has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 20 individuals on over 200 felony charges.

Operation “Old School” concluded on January 3 after a two-year investigation into this drug trafficking organization.  The organization was responsible for a large-scale distribution of cocaine and marijuana in and around Kent County Delaware.

The investigation began in June 2016, when the Dover DEA Drug Task Force consisting of Drug Enforcement Administration, Dover Police Department, and Delaware State Police identified a large-scale cocaine trafficking origination being operated in Kent and New Castle County, Delaware.

Through the investigation, detectives were able to establish that the illegal drug trafficking organization was headed by 44-year-old Ricardo L. Barnaby of New Castle, 44-year-old Barry V. Haith of Dover and 39-year-old Lamont K. McCove of Harrington.

Also identified were several lower level members of the organization.

During the investigation a total of 10 search warrants were executed. The following items were seized as a result of the investigation and execution of the search warrants:

  • 3,061.95 grams of cocaine
  • 694.98 grams of marijuana
  • 3.3 grams of THC oil
  • 33.6 grams of crack cocaine
  • (1) 40 caliber Handgun
  • (3) 9mm Handguns
  • (1) AR-15
  • $96,011.00 in suspected drug proceeds
  • Assorted ammunition
  • 2008 Dodge Ram pickup truck (valued at $5,000.00)
  • 2018 moped (valued at $2,000.00)
  • Assorted drug paraphernalia

Ricardo L. Barnaby

Ricardo L. Barnaby was charged with racketeering, six counts of possession with intent to deliver (PWITD) a controlled substance, seven counts of aggravated possession, two counts of possession of a firearm/ammunition by person prohibited and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Barnaby was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $205,000 cash only bond.

Barry V. Haith

Barry V. Haith was charged with racketeering, 23 counts of possession with intent to deliver (PWITD) a controlled substance, 11 counts of aggravated possession, 18 counts of conspiracy in the second degree, five counts of criminal solicitation, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of reckless endangering in the second degree, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence, disregarding a police signal and criminal mischief over $5,000.

Haith was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $223,000 secured bond.

Lamont K. McCove was charged with racketeering, 18 counts of possession with intent to deliver (PWITD) a

Lamont K. McCove

controlled substance, 15 counts of aggravated possession, 14 counts of conspiracy in the second degree, four counts of criminal solicitation, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, two counts off tampering with evidence and disregarding a police signal.

McCove was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $301,000 cash only bond.

In addition to the above three defendants, 17 other individuals were indicted and/or arrested as part of the drug distribution organization for a total of 244 felony and 34 misdemeanor charges.  As of January 3, all suspects have been located and arrested.

Agencies that participated or assisted with the investigation included Delaware’s Department of Justice, the US Attorney’s Office, Delaware State Police, Dover Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delaware National Guard, New Jersey National Guard, Maryland National Guard, Philadelphia Police Department, Wicomico Narcotics Task Force and Salisbury Police Department.

“This investigation demonstrates that the collaborative efforts of law enforcement continues to target and dismantle drug organizations across our state.  Through a variety of methods to include short term and long term investigations these efforts will continue as long as there are drug organizations that plague Delaware communities” said Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Superintendent of Delaware State Police.  “Thank you to our Troopers, prosecutors and all of our federal and local partners for their commitment to this investigation”.

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