Five suspects charged after 4-month Sussex drug probe

Clockwise from upper left, Antonio Walters, David Ortlip, Guadalupe Marquez, Marcos W. Ortlip and Jaime A. Ramon were arrested Tuesday after investigation into alleged illegal drug sales in Harbeson. (Submitted photos/Delaware State Police)

Clockwise from upper left, Antonio Walters, David Ortlip, Guadalupe Marquez, Marcos W. Ortlip and Jaime A. Ramon were arrested Tuesday after investigation into alleged illegal drug sales in Harbeson. (Submitted photos/Delaware State Police)

HARBESON — Five arrests were made Tuesday as the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit culminated a four-month investigation into alleged illegal drug sales from two separate residences, authorities said.

At around 7:40 a.m., police said, the Sussex County Drug Unit with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team, Georgetown Police Department, and Delaware Department of Correction – Probation and Parole, conducted two separated search warrants for residences in Harbeson and Georgetown.

In the first in the 25000 block of Hollis Road, Harbeson, David Ortlip, 45, of Pottstown, Pa., was taken into custody without incident, police said. A search of the residence and a Ford F150 pickup parked at the house revealed 497.32 grams of raw heroin, 3,679 bags (55.185 grams) of packaged heroin, 2,077.25 grams of marijuana, and .357 handgun, police said.

At the second residence in the 100 block of Wingate Drive, Georgetown, Marcos W. Ortlip, 24, of that address, Guadalupe Marquez, 21, of Newark, and Antonio Walters, 41, of Magnolia, were all taken into custody without incident. Jaime A. Ramon, 22, of Frankford was taken into custody after he attempted to flee the house out a side door and was found to be in possession of 4 grams of marijuana, police said.

A search of the residence allegedly revealed numerous items associated with the sales and distribution of heroin including over $21,000 in suspected drug proceeds, police said.

The suspects were transported to Troop 4 where they were charged.

Pictured is evidence seized after a four month investigation into alleged drug dealing in Harbeson culminated on Tuesday. (Submitted photo/Delaware State Police)

Pictured is evidence seized after a four month investigation into alleged drug dealing in Harbeson culminated on Tuesday. (Submitted photo/Delaware State Police)

Marcos Ortlip was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity (heroin), possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (marijuana), possession of a deadly weapon or ammunition by a person prohibited, second-degree conspirac, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $56,000 cash bond.

David Ortlip (Marcos’ uncle) was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity (heroin), possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (marijuana), possession of a deadly weapon or ammunition by a person prohibited, second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned at JP 2 and committed to SCI on $56,000 cash bond.

Mr. Marquez was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity (heroin), possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (marijuana), possession of a deadly weapon or ammunition by a person prohibited, second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned at JP 2 and committed to SCI on $53,300 cash bond.

Mr. Walters was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity (heroin), possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (marijuana), possession of a deadly weapon or ammunition by a person prohibited, second-degree conspiracy, and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned at JP 2 and committed to SCI on $15,100 cash bond.

Mr. Ramon was charged with resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. He was arraigned at JP 2 and committed on $500 secured bond.

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