Drug investigation nets nine in Magnolia

 

MAGNOLIA — Nine arrests resulted during the culmination of a three-month drug investigation on Tuesday, the Delaware State Police announced.

Search warrants were executed in the unit block of Terry Drive and 100 block of Woodville Drive in Meadowbrook Acres and authorities said $1,115 in suspected drug proceeds, 26.34 grams of crack cocaine, 436 packages of heroin totaling approximately 3.052 grams and 5.89 grams of marijuana were located.

Five arrestees (including a woman not connected with the investigation) were also wanted on unrelated local fugitive warrants. The age range of defendants was 17- to 56-years-old, police said.

Taken into custody were:

•Troy McNally, 20, of Magnolia, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $62,000 secured bond.

•Antonio Bynum, 22, of Magnolia, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $3,000 unsecured bond.

•Richard Keesser, 35, of Magnolia, was charged with maintaining a drug property and second-degree conspiracy. He was released on $1,500 unsecured bond.

•Cheryl Jones, 33, of Magnolia, was charged with maintaining a drug property and second-degree conspiracy. She was released on $1,500 unsecured bond.

•Clarence McDonald, 51, of Magnolia, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $5,500 unsecured bond.

•John Bennett, 56, of Dagsboro, was arrested on a local fugitive warrant out of Kent County Superior Court and Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. He was committed to JTVCC on $5,000 cash bond.

•Eric Hopkins, 46, of Magnolia, was charged with possession of marijuana and also arrested on a local fugitive warrant out of Kent County Superior Court and Kent County Family Court. He was committed to JTVCC on $30,200 secured bond.

•Xzavier Hovington, 18, of Woodside, was arrested on a local fugitive warrant out of Kent County Family Court and released on $500 unsecured bond.

•A 17-year-old juvenile from Magnolia was charged with criminal impersonation and resisting arrest. He also had a local fugitive warrant out of Kent County Family Court and was committed to the Stevenson House in Milford.

DSP Special Operations Response Team members then went to the 100 block of Woodville Drive, where all occupants had left before their arrival, police said. While authorities said no illegal narcotics were located, several drug paraphernalia items were found.

As police were leaving, authorities said local fugitive Ida Wright, 31, of Magnolia, was spotted walking on Woodville Drive. She allegedly gave a false name and was then taken into custody without further incident.

Ms. Wright was charged with criminal impersonation and arrested on a local fugitive warrant out of DSP Troop 3. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Also taking part in the operation was the Kent County Drug Unit, Kent County Governor’s Task Force and Troop 3 Criminal Investigative Unit.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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