Smyrna PD: 39 arrests shut down drug activity on Lincoln Street

SMYRNA — Some suspects fled but were quickly apprehended.

Others were arrested without incident.

A few are still sought on charges.

Add it all up and Lincoln Street is a nicer place to live these days.

For nearly a year, Smyrna Police investigated reported drug activity on the avenue in the north part of town and made 39 arrests.

An open-air style drug market and associated quality of life issues were targeted by officers.

Taking a zero-tolerance approach, officers enforced all crimes and violations regardless of their severity, police said.

From the first apprehension on Nov. 18, 2016, to last Friday, authorities executed three search warrants, filed 104 criminal charges and wrote five traffic citations.

The police department announced results of the operation late Tuesday night.

According to spokesman Cpl. Brian Donner, most suspects did not live on Lincoln Street and several were out of town visitors.

Arrestees were from Smyrna, Clayton, Cheswold, Wilmington, Townsend, Felton, Dover and Marydel.

“The SPD in partnership with our citizens will never tolerate criminals deciding to take over an area and make it their home to set up shop and sell illegal drugs, loiter and create chaos and disruption to normal daily life,” he said.

The youngest suspect was a 15-year-old arrested on heroin and marijuana charges, the oldest a 63-year-old man on a crack cocaine count.

Several other underage teens were cited for alleged offenses, including one reportedly found with a semi-automatic handgun.

One suspect tossed a semi-automatic handgun and escaped while being chased by officers in August, but was apprehended five days later, police claimed. Another was arrested in August and September during separate alleged incidents.

Police said another suspect was caught during an alleged prescription medication and marijuana for crack cocaine trade. He then tried to destroy evidence by placing items in a liquid, according to authorities.

Two motor vehicles, two firearms, $3,122.75 United States currency, 0.294 grams of heroin, 11 grams of powder cocaine, 32.87 grams of crack cocaine and 92.55 grams of marijuana were confiscated, police said.

Some suspects had active warrants and capiases from other unrelated incidents and issues, police said.

Large scale operation

Police said unlawful activity on Lincoln Street was most prevalent on the corners of North and East Mount Vernon streets. About 50 yards south of Lincoln Street, a firearm arrest was made on Van Buren Court.

The arrests began last fall, slowed during the winter months due to the weather hampering outside activity, and then heated up again in the spring and summer, authorities said.

The operation was unusual for its length and “countless man hours and followup” required, according to Cpl. Donner. The department didn’t have the manpower to monitor the area 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but maintained a regular presence there, he said.

Moving forward, police urged citizens to notify law enforcement of their local concerns.

“The public should always feel comfortable reporting nuisance crimes affecting their neighborhood and rest assured that regardless of the stubbornness of criminals, the men and women of the Smyrna Police Department are ready, willing and able to eradicate criminal behavior from any and all of our neighborhoods,” Cpl. Donner said.

Lincoln Street remains under watch by police.

“We will continue to aggressively target the sellers of illegal drugs and will remain vigilant in the Lincoln Street area for any criminal who decides to attempt to set up shop here again,” Cpl. Donner said.

The Dover Police Department SWAT Team and Kent County Paramedics were part of a residential search warrant. Smyrna PD’s K-9 Rex also took part during authorized entries.

The charges detailed

Smyrna Police released a list of arrestees (who were given court hearing dates), including, among others:

Mark Lawrence

• Mark Lawrence, 59, of Smyrna, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a Tier 2 quantity (cocaine and crack cocaine), possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug property, four counts of possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Mahalon L. Mears, 63, of Smyrna, possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity (crack cocaine).

• Donte L. Fuller, 32, of Smyrna, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. His alias was listed as “Darrell Faulkner.”

Maurice M. Plummer

• Maurice M. Plummer, 33, of Wilmington, manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass.

• Norman S. Watson, 48, of Smyrna, tampering with physical evidence, maintaining a drug property, manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine and heroin) and second-degree conspiracy.

Anthony Wayman

• Anthony “Reese” Wayman, 32, of Smyrna, two counts of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), tampering with physical evidence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, offensive touching and criminal trespassing. He was held by the Delaware Department of Correction in lieu of bond.

• Dmitri Sudler, 40, of Felton, two counts each of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dmitri Sudler

• Ronald Dimaio, 39, of the 200 block of Deer Run Road in Townsend, possession of a controlled substance without prescription, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal solicitation.

• Thomas E. Lawrence, 42, of the 200 block of Maple Street in Smyrna, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Inaja Cummings, 19, of the 100 block of Commerce Street in Cheswold, criminal impersonation and possession of marijuana. She was charged with possession of marijuana and criminal trespass in another case.

• Kay Uan Horton, 21, of the 400 block of N. High Street in Smyrna, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest and criminal trespass. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna.
• Justin Pierce, 29, of the 400 block of W. North Street in Smyrna, criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

• Kwamai Johnson, 18, of the unit block of Glenwood Avenue in Smyrna, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and criminal trespass.

• Anthony Nix, 33, of Clayton, two counts of criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Malik Rothwell, 19, of the 100 block of Preston Lane, Farah Celestine, 33, of the unit block of Ashvalle Court in Smyrna, Jacinda Johnson, 19, of the 4000 block of DuPont Highway in Smyrna, and Gerad Adams, 19, of the unit block of Renza Lane in Smyrna, were all issued a summons for criminal trespass.

• Nairobi Wanamaker, 47, of the 300 block of Paul Drive, and Dawn R. Lewis, 33, of the unit block of Howard Street in Smyrna, were both issued a summons for criminal trespass.
• Gregory A. Duggans, 56, of the 100 block of N. Delaware Street in Smyrna, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a deadly weapon.

• Amber Pinder, 27, of the 2000 block of Lighthouse Road in Smyrna, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession of marijuana and driving a motor vehicle while using an electronic communication device.

• Robert P. Riddagh, 49, of the 300 block of N. School Lane in Smyrna, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine). He has a warrant for criminal trespass and littering, police said.

• Edward Kowalko, 55, of the 200 block of King Street in Smyrna, possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Kathryn L. Buxton, 36, of the 1400 block of N. DuPont Highway in Dover, possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia and prostitution within 1,000 feet of a school, residence, church or house of worship.

• Tashay Wisher, 31, of the unit block of Wilson Private Drive in Clayton, driving a vehicle under the influence of a combination of alcohol and any drug and unreasonable speed. She has a warrant for two counts each of littering and criminal trespass.

• John K. Spencer, 39, of the 300 block of Arthursville Road in Marydel, drunk on the highway.

• Deshaun Crowder, 32, of the 300 block of Roberts Drive in Smyrna, breach of release for violation of bail conditions.

• Kendall Evans, 59, of the unit block of N. Fairfield Drive in Dover, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Additionally, police said Brandon Evans, 36, of Smyrna is wanted on charges of manufacture, delivery, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), and possession of a controlled substance.

A warrant was filed for Gregory Pope, 34, of Smyrna on a littering charge, police said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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