Dover drug probe yields five arrests


DOVER — A three-month drug investigation culminated with five arrests and a loaded .32 caliber handgun seizure Wednesday afternoon in the downtown area, authorities said.

Dustin R. Skinner, 31, was taken into custody at his 43 S. Kirkwood St. home and charged with drug dealing after a search warrant execution at 2:30 p.m., Dover Police said. A Beretta handgun with five live rounds of ammunition in the chamber was found in a brown wool glove, according to an arrest affidavit, along with 133 bags of heroin, .1 grams of crack cocaine, .3 grams of cocaine and seven grams of marijuana.

Bags of heroin stamped “Caution” and “Versace” were located in the residence, police said in papers.

Authorities claimed in the arrest affidavit “That Skinner confessed in a post Miranda interview that he sells heroin to support his own habit and stated that the firearm located was his.” The investigation began in November 2017, police said, and a controlled purchase of heroin was conducted in January.

Dustin R. Skinner

Mr. Skinner was charged with possession of a firearm by person prohibited (two counts), possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in lieu of a $38,500 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 26.

Juan Alicea

Police said Mr. Skinner was prohibited from possession a firearm or ammunition after a violent felony conviction in Kent County Superior Court on Nov. 12, 2009.

Fugitive Juan Alicea, 30, of Dover, was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin in a Tier 1 quantity, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to JTVCC in default of $8,500 bond.


Dover residents Lisa Skinner, 41, Timothy Morefield, 31, and Jackie Troise, 35, each received a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The State of Delaware Probation and Parole assisted in the search warrant execution.

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