Greenwood drug investigation brings arrests

Jeffrey Allen

GREENWOOD — A month long drug investigation culminated with multiple arrests Monday, Delaware State Police said.

According to spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe, at approximately 6:04 a.m., the Sussex County Drug Unit responded to the 10900 block of Webb Farm Road. Investigation determined that cocaine and heroin were allegedly being distributed from the residence, police said. With the assistance of the Sussex Governor’s Task Force and the Special Operations Response Team, a search warrant was executed at the residence.

Police said multiple persons were located inside and detained. During a search of the residence, detectives allegedly

Kenneth J. Passwaters

seized 21.01 grams of crack cocaine, 5.2 grams of powder cocaine, 66 bags of heroin (approximately .462 grams), $3,367 in suspected drug proceeds, a loaded .25 Caliber Boa semi-auto handgun, and various drug paraphernalia including pipes and syringes used to consume narcotics, authorities claimed.

Further investigation revealed that 48-year-old Jeffrey Allen of Greenwood was allegedly distributing cocaine and heroin from the residence, police said. The homeowner, 47-year-old Patrick J. Rafferty of Greenwood, was aware of the drug distribution occurring at the residence which he maintained, authorities alleged. Eric C. Howard, 45, of Lincoln, allegedly conspired with Mr. Allen to complete a delivery of .4 grams of crack cocaine to Kenneth J. Passwaters, 58,, of Milford, just prior to the execution of the search warrant, police said.

Eric C. Howard

Mr. Allen was charged with possession with intent to deliver Tier 4 crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine Tier 1, delivery of crack cocaine, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $83,500 secured bond.

Mr. Rafferty was charged with maintaining a drug property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $2,500 unsecured bond.

Mr. Howard was charged with delivery of crack cocaine and second-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned before JP

Patrick J. Rafferty

Court 2 and committed to SCI on $5,000 secured bond.

Mr. Passwaters was charged with resisting arrest, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned before JP Court 2 and given a $1,500 unsecured bond, however, was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on unrelated capiases.

Two other suspects located in the residence, a 50-year-old male of Millsboro and a 51-year-old female of Milford, were both issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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