Dover drug arrests detailed

Arrested on heroin-related charges Tuesday were, clockwise from upper left, Dillion Parrish, Eric Gray, Heather Grow, Theresa Butcher and Javon Richardson. (Submitted photos/Dover Police Department)

Arrested on heroin-related charges Tuesday were, clockwise from upper left, Dillion Parrish, Eric Gray, Heather Grow, Theresa Butcher and Javon Richardson. (Submitted photos/Dover Police Department)

A series of drug-related arrests by the Dover Police Department began at 2 p.m. Tuesday when four people were charged with alleged heroin possession in the Courtside Apartments on United Way parking lot, police said in a news release.

Jacob Leite, 31, Matthew Wright, 25, Samantha Schock, 24, and Heather Ridgeway, 33, were all charged with possession of controlled substance with aggravating factor, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree conspiracy. All were listed as homeless in a Dover Police Department news release, and police said that could indicate no fixed address.

Police said .6 grams of heroin allegedly were located. Bond information was unavailable.

Mr. Leite and Mr. Wright also were sought by the Delaware State Police, Dover Police said. Mr. Leite was recognized for having several outstanding warrants, which police said prompted the initial investigation.

The arrests were made by the Dover Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, which was working its first shift after reactivation the day before to promote an aggressive approach to police work and a publicly stated no tolerance policy for any offense within city limits.

Just over 30 minutes later, Robert Young, 25, listed as homeless, was arrested after 1.6 grams of crack cocaine allegedly were located during a traffic stop in the area of South State Street and Wyoming Avenue.

Charges included out-of-state fugitive, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal impersonation. Police alleged that Mr. Young gave officers a false name during the traffic stop.

Mr. Young was wanted on active warrants from the Delaware State Police, Frederica police, and one out of Pennsylvania. He was transported to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of $9,266 secured bond, police said.

Investigation into alleged drug dealing in the Capital Green area brought five arrests and a significant amount of heroin, police said. Incidents occurred at 3:28 p.m. and 6:32 p.m., according to authorities.

Eric Gray, 22, was charged with two counts each of delivery of heroin  and possession of drug paraphernalia, along with possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity, and possession with intent to deliver heroin, police said. He was sent to JTVCC in lieu of $120,100 cash bond.

Police said $2,724 in suspected drug proceeds and 591 bags of heroin were located later after a search warrant execution in the 400 block of New Castle Avenue.

Dillion Parrish, 24, of Tower Road in Wyoming, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, and released on $750 secured bond. He allegedly purchased eight bags of heroin beforehand, police said.

Javon Richardson, 23, of Pinewood Acres in Dover, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police alleged that .7 grams of cocaine were located in his vehicle. No bond information was available.

Heather Grow, 25, of the 400 block of Main Street in Little Creek, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree conspiracy. Police said $3,251 in cash was seized. No bond information was available.

Theresa Butcher, 40, of 1061 S. Little Creek Road (Dover East Estates) in Dover, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree conspiracy. She and Ms. Grow allegedly were found with 26 bags of heroin, according to authorities. No bond information was available.

At 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, police said a 46-year-old Dover woman allegedly was found with 23 bags of heroin and .6 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop in the area of Fulton and New streets.

Teresa Pettyjohn, 46, of Welch Drive, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with aggravating factor (heroin), possession of marijuana with aggravating factor, possession of drug paraphernalia and various alleged traffic offenses. She also was found to be wanted on an active capias (bench warrant).

Ms. Pettyjohn was released on $2,550 secured bond.

Twenty-three minutes later, a 19-year-old Dover woman allegedly was found with marijuana and prescription pills during a traffic stop in the area of West Division Street and South Governors Avenue, police said.

Amanda Reihl, of the 300 block of Stone Ridge Drive, allegedly was found with 15.6 grams of marijuana, and five tablets of Vyvanse, a Schedule II controlled substance, during an incident at 12:13 a.m., police said.

Charges included possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with an aggravating factor, possession of drug paraphernalia and alleged traffic offenses. Ms. Reihl was released on an unsecured bond.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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