Smyrna man held in Dover large heroin bust

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The Dover Police Department confiscated a large amount of heroin and cash during a Tuesday arrest at the First State Inn in Dover. (Submitted photo/Dover Police Department)

DOVER — After an approximate two-week investigation, a 28-year-old Smyrna man was arrested and a large amount of heroin seized at a motel on Tuesday, police said.

According to the Dover Police Department, officers located 6,936 bags of heroin and $13,075 in cash during a room search at the First State Inn at 1760 N. DuPont Highway.

“It’s one of our most significant arrests related to heroin,” Dover PD spokesman Lt. David Spicer said.

“These type of arrests don’t come along often.”

Darren L. Swiggett, of the 1900 block Mount Friendship Road, was taken into custody without a struggle, police said.

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Darren Swiggett

Drugs, Vice, and Organized Crime Unit officers, along with the Safe Streets Unit, and Delaware Probation and Parole executed the search warrant at 2:15 p.m.

Also located, police said, was ammunition and marijuana. The heroin weighed 95.84 grams, according to authorities.

Charges included felony Tier 5 possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver heroin in a Tier 4 quantity, delivery of heroin, possession of ammunition by person prohibited, and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

After arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, the case was transferred to the Kent County Court of Common Pleas in Dover.

Mr. Swiggett was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on a $211,000 cash bond.

Police believe that the defendant was operating alone, and there are no other suspects or arrests expected to be made “at this time,” according to Lt. Spicer.

While the amount of heroin seized was atypically large, investigation into alleged activity with the drug was a quite routine occurrence, police said.

“We do deal with people using heroin or people selling heroin just about daily,” Lt. Spicer said.

Speaking in general terms, Lt. Spicer said business owners are not usually notified if an investigation is ongoing on their premises because “they might be involved somehow. Most times we tell them after the fact.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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