Dover Police arrest 7 in drugs and firearms case

 

DOVER — Four alleged gang members were among seven arrests resulting from suspected illegal drug and firearm activity Wednesday afternoon, police said.

While Dover Police did not disclose how long an investigation had been in place, it described its culmination that began with a vehicle stop in the area of West North Street and Governors Avenue.

According to authorities, Jaymere Lewis, 22, of Dover, allegedly fled from the vehicle and tossed a loaded .32 caliber handgun that was later found by officers. He was apprehended after a short foot chase, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Three other vehicle occupants were also taken into custody — Harrington resident Jaleel Wayman, 22, and Dover residents Tori Snyder, 17, and Michael Taylor, 19, — and 51.9 grams of marijuana and a digital scale were allegedly found, police said.

Dover Police were joined by the ATF Task Force and Delaware Probation and Parole in making the arrests.

Tori Snyder

Syncere Friends

Michael Taylor

Karriem Keys

Jaymere Lewis

Jaleel Wayman

Brentney Birkett

 

 

 

 

 

 

The traffic stop prompted a search warrant execution for an apartment at 74 Par Haven Drive in Dover, police said. Resident Karriem Keys, 53, was taken into custody without incident, along with Brentney Birkett, 23, of Dover, and Syncere Friends, 18, of Felton.

Police alleged that Mr. Keys was found with 6.6 grams of marijuana. Also, according to authorities, Ms. Birkett and Mr. Friends were both allegedly found with a small amount of marijuana and a loaded .380 caliber handgun later found to be reported stolen.

According to Cpl. Hoffman, Mr. Friends, Mr. Lewis, and Mr. Wayman were each issued an administrative warrant for violation of probation.

Mr. Lewis was charged with possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), resisting arrest, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, illegal gang participation and violation of probation. He was held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on a $37,000 secured bond.

Mr. Wayman was charged with resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and violation of probation. He was taken to JTVCC for a violation of probation.

Ms. Snyder was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was released on a criminal summons.

Mr. Taylor was charged with resisting arrest, illegal gang participation, possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), receiving stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of marijuana. He was held at JTVCC in lieu of a $13,500 secured bond.

Mr. Keys was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,250 unsecured bond.

Ms. Birkett was charged with illegal gang participation, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and second-degree conspiracy. She was given a $35,000 secured bond and held in custody at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

Mr. Friends was charged with illegal gang participation, possession of firearm/ammunition by person prohibited (two counts), receiving stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, and violation of probation. He was given a $31,500 secured bond and transported to JTVCC.

Dover gang activity

While Dover Police “keep track of gang activity and validated/suspected gang members in our area,” Cpl. Hoffman said, “To put a number on it is difficult.”

According to authorities, a person is identified as a criminal gang member when he or she admits to it or meets at least three of the following criteria:

•Is identified as a gang member by a parent or guardian.

•Is identified as a gang member by one or more gang members.

•Is identified as a gang member by a documented reliable informant.

•Frequents a particular gang’s area.

•Is identified as a gang member by an informant of previously untested reliability and such identification is corroborated by independent information.

•Has been arrested more than once in the company of identified gang members.

•Is identified as a gang member by physical evidence such as photographs or other documentation.

•Has been stopped in the company of known gang members two or more times.

•Is tattooed with a gang logo and/or wears clothing which bears gang identification or is found with any gang paraphernalia.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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