Two guests arrested on drug charges at Dover hotel

Pictured is evidence seized during a drug investigation at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino that brought two arrests last week. (Submitted photo/Dover Police Department)

DOVER — Two suspects were arrested following an investigation that located drugs and a loaded handgun at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino last week, Dover Police said Tuesday.

Russell R. Thomas, 28, of Harrington, and Kimberly Havelow, of Dover, 28, were staying in a hotel room at 1131 N. DuPont Highway when arrested on Thursday at approximately 12:01 p.m., according to authorities. Police believe they are boyfriend and girlfriend.

Police said Mr. Thomas fled after officers allegedly saw a drug transaction in the parking lot just after noon.

He was apprehended after a brief foot chase and police said he allegedly had 4.2 grams of cocaine in a clear bag in his pants pocket, according to an arrest affidavit.

Ms. Havelow was in the room and also taken into custody, police said.

Search warrants were executed in the room and Mr. Thomas’ Kia sedan vehicle, police said and the man was allegedly found in possession of 351 bags of Fentanyl (2.457 grams), 2,158 bags of heroin (15.016 grams), 4.2 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana, and 22 caliber Beretta handgun loaded with a round of ammunition, police said.

Ms. Havelow was found in possession of 45 bags of heroin.

Mr. Thomas was arrested on possession charges including firearm during the commission of a felony, heroin in a Tier 5 quantity, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, firearm by person prohibited (two counts), with intent to deliver cocaine (Tier 2), intent to deliver Fentanyl and resisting arrest.

He pleaded not guilty to charges and was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in default of $106,900 bond.

Ms. Havelow was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on unsecured bond.

Police would not disclose what prompted the investigation and it was unknown how long the defendants had stayed at the hotel.

Dover Downs staff was cooperative with officers during the arrests, police said.

On Nov. 6, 2011, Mr. Thomas was convicted of a possession with the intent to deliver a Schedule I substance count in Superior Court, papers said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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