Dover pair face drug charges after 2-month investigation

Eric K. Johnson

DOVER — Erik K. Johnson, a 27-year-old from Dover, and Dover resident Maurita Guzman, 28, were arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses on Thursday following a two-month long drug investigation by the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit and the Dover Police Department Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Unit.

At about 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, police pulled over Mr. Johnson for a traffic stop on South Dupont Highway near Lebanon Road.

Police said Mr. Johnson initially provided a false name and was taken into custody. A search of his vehicle revealed around 1,326 bags of heroin (9.292 grams) and over $600 in suspected drug proceeds.

Maurita Guzman

Mr. Johnson was known to frequent a residence in the River Chase Apartments in Dover. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at that residence.

The search turned up about 2,210 more bags of heroin (15.47 grams) and more than $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

The home owner, Ms. Guzman, was taken into custody without incident following the search.

Mr. Johnson was taken to Troop 3 in Camden where he was charged with: two counts possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity; two counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin in a Tier 4 quantity; second-degree conspiracy; criminal impersonation; possession of drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation.

He was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $102,501 secured bond.

Ms. Guzman was also taken to Troop 3 where she was charged with: possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity; second-degree conspiracy; maintaining a drug property and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was released on $13,500 unsecured bond.

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