40 charged in Sussex County drug trafficking investigation

Lamont Johnson

Antonio Holder

GEORGETOWN — A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal drug trafficking organization conducted by the Delaware State Police and Delaware Department of Justice has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 40 individuals on over 190 criminal charges. Police said this organization was responsible for the distribution of various amounts of cocaine and heroin in the last nine months.

State police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Operation “Golden Horseshoe” concluded on June 14. The Sussex County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Justice organized and conducted this operation with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Kent and New Castle County Drug Units, Kent and New Castle County Governor’s Task Force, the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delaware Department of Corrections, Seaford Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Delaware Probation and Parole, along with Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey National Guard.

Investigators used numerous investigative techniques to identify members involved in violent crime and the distribution of large amounts of cocaine and heroin in Sussex County.

Detectives established that the drug trafficking organization was headed by Lamont M. Johnson, Antonio P. Holder, James J. Jones, and Yusef L. Matthews, all whom have been charged with directing a significant cocaine and heroin network in western Sussex County, primarily the Coverdale area.

Sonia E. Chavez (AKA – Maria Zakrociemski) was identified as organizing and distributing a significant quantity of heroin in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas. The operation involved the execution of search warrants at 11 different residential locations throughout Sussex County which resulted in the arrest or indictment of 40 individuals on numerous drug and weapons offenses.

As a result of the investigation, 11 search and seizure warrants were approved by the Superior Court of Sussex County for the following locations: 11000 block of Evans Drive, Bridgeville; 21000 block of Mill Park Drive, Bridgeville; 20000 block of Booker T. Washington Street, Bridgeville; 400 block of Elizabeth Cornish Landing, Bridgeville; 30000 block of Mount Joy Road, Millsboro; 26000 block of Bay Farm Road, Millsboro; 30702 Sussex Highway, Relax Inn, Laurel.
The total seizure amount: $156,124.00 in suspected drug proceeds; 278.95 grams of powder cocaine; 12.15 grams of crack cocaine; 2262 bags of heroin (15.834 grams); 157.52 grams of marijuana; Glock 9mm pistol. Various items of stolen property were also recovered.

The key subjects who were linked and charged:

• Lamont M. Johnson, 38 of Bridgeville: possession with intent to deliver (PWITD) a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity and related charges; committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $637,200 cash bond.

• Antonio P. Holder, 28 of Bridgeville: PWITD Controlled Substance and related charges; committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $659,000 cash bond.

James Jones

Yusef Matthews

• James Jones, 28 of Bridgeville: possession of a controlled substance in Tier 5 quantity and related charges; committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $194,000 cash bond.

• Yusef L. Matthews, 40 of Seaford: PWITD a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity and related charges; committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $50,000 secured bond.

• Sonia Chavez, AKA Maria Zakrociemski, 65 of Millsboro: PWITD a controlled substance and related charges; committed to Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution (DJBWCI) on $242,400.00 cash bond.

Sonia Chavez

Others arrested included: Patrisha Cannon, 32 of Laurel; Donald Carey, 28 of Lincoln; Nyier Starks, 24 of New Castle; Duayne L. Thompson, 34 of Seaford; Odrift M. Ulysses, 33 of Laurel; Lavocia I. Callahan, 46 of Millsboro; Pamela J. Bergman, 56 of Millsboro; Robert Levan, 34 of Harrington; Lexus M. Bailey, 21 of Blades; Leslie A. Johnson, 40 of Seaford; Lakota S. Norwood, 24 of Harbeson; Jose A. Serpa, 37 of Bridgeville; Donshell T. Weston, 32 of Seaford; Todd D. Culver, 49 of Greenwood; Keith A. Dockins, 58 of Salisbury, Maryland; Shaina Andell, 29 of Millsboro; James V. Bryant, 61 of Ocean View; Karin M. Flowers, 36 of Georgetown; April A. Grant, 35 of Millsboro; Keith A. Grew, 51 of Millsboro; William J. Hendrickson, 61 of Millsboro; Chad E. Hopper, 33 of Frankford; Tiffany R. Klinger, 38 of Millsboro; Colleen J. Patterson, 57 of Millsboro; David G. Richards, 48 of Rehoboth Beach; Joseph Unsworth, 43 of Millsboro; Raymond H. Willis, 46 of Millsboro; Brad A. Wilt, 35 of Millsboro; Robin A. Wriston, 52 of Rehoboth Beach.

DSP is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following subjects: Demetrio R. Stewart, 37 of Milford; Vera E. Curtis, 38 of Dagsboro; Sarah A. Seamen, 55 of Millsboro; Larry C. Reich, 47 of Palmyra, Pennsylvania; Ernest M. Lofland, 50 of Frankford; Brian K. Barlow, 33 of Millsboro.

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