DOVER — Investigation into alleged gang, drug, and gun activity in the Capital Green development led to 11 arrests late Thursday morning, Dover police said.
According to authorities, an investigation that began in May determined that Bloods street gang members were allegedly dealing drugs and stashing firearms at several residences in Capital Green.
A police news release listed locations of alleged offenses at 408 New Castle Avenue, 467 New Castle Avenue, and 419 East Water Street.
At approximately 11:35 a.m., a multi-police agency operation executed three search warrants as the Dover Police Probation and Parole Safe Streets team made multiple probation and fugitive status checks, spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman Also contributing to the operation were officers from the Delaware State Police, Milford and Smyrna police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireams, U,S, Marshall’s Task Force, and Delaware Probation and Parole, authorities said.
“The search warrants were conducted simultaneously to provide a tactical advantage to the officers,” Cpl. Hoffman said.
“One defendant resisted officers efforts to take him into custody and attempted to flush drugs down a toilet upon their entry.”
Added Cpl. Hoffman, “There’s always risks involved when executing search warrants such as these.
“However, we brought in officers from several agencies to ensure that the operation was conducted as safely as possible for the officers, the nearby residents, and the defendants themselves.
“We hold meetings ahead of time to plan and establish locations for officers, including perimeter units to ensure safety of others.”
The following items were seized, according to police:
• 171.1 grams of marijuana
• 50 bags (.9) grams of heroin
• 75.6 grams of PCP
• $1,196.00 cash (alleged drug proceeds)
• 12-gauge shotgun
• four handguns, including two reported stolen.
While police did not disclose how the investigation started, Cpl. Hoffman said authorities were aware that alleged Bloods members were operating in Dover.
“Yes, we have made arrests and gathered intelligence which indicated there were people who associated with the Bloods gang in the area,” Cpl. Hoffman said.
Local Bloods activity had been ongoing for awhile, Cpl. Hoffman said.
“This isn’t a new development, we have had people associated with the Bloods gang in Dover for some time,” Cpl. Hoffman said.
“The concerns are the same as any other criminal street gang in that we want them off the streets to stop/prevent violent crimes and drug crimes from being committed.”
Cpl. Hoffman said Dover PD’s gang intelligence officer was unavailable, and the scope of gang activity within the city was not immediately available.
Cpl. Hoffman said the large scale of arrests was significant.
“Obviously, we are very pleased with this operation and its success,” he said. “Eleven arrests were made, five guns were taken off the streets (including two stolen), and a large volume of drugs and drug proceeds were seized as a result of this operation.”
Those charged included:
• Anteaza Vann, 24, of the 400 block of New Castle Avenue in Dover, possession of weapon with removed serial number, and receiving a stolen firearm (two counts). She was given a $10,000 unsecured bond.
• Quavaughn Williams, 22, of the 500 block of Ross Street in Dover, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was given a $5,500 unsecured bond.
• Matthew Hill, 26, of the 400 block of East Water Street in Dover, violation of probation. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) near Smyrna on a $1,500 secured bond.
• Kenneth Fisher, 20, of 32 Patriots Pass in Milford, possession of firearm/ammo by person prohibited (two counts). He was given a $6,000 secured bond and committed to JTVCC.
• Joseph Carter, 41, of the 400 block of New Castle Avenue, violation of probation. He was taken to JTVCC on an $6,000 cash bond.
• Jalisa Christmas, 25, of the 400 block of New Castle Avenue in Dover, possession of PCP in a Tier 5 quantity, possession with intent to deliver PCP, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver heroin, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given a $3,800 cash bond.
• Isaac Montague, 27, no address available, possession of deadly weapon by person possessing controlled substance (two counts), possession of firearm during commission of felony, possession of firearm/ammo by person prohibited (five counts), possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession of weapon with removed serial number, receiving stolen firearm (two counts), tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at JTVCC on a $70,000 secured bond.
• Charles Johnson, 27, of the unit block of South Queen Street in Dover, capias-violation of probation. His bond condition was listed as “released.”
• Shon Caldwell, 26, of the 100 block of Commerce Street in Cheswold, possession of PCP in a Tier 5 quantity, possession with intent to deliver PCP, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, possession with intent to deliver heroin, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at JTVCC on an $82,500 cash bond.
• Anthony Winberry, 28, of the 26000 block of Bethel Concord Road in Seaford, capias on failure to appear. He was committed to JTVCC with no bond information available.
• Antonie Montague, 29, of the unit block of Clarks Corner in Harrington, possession of marijuana, possession of heroin. Bond information was not available.
Information on which arrestees were alleged Bloods members was unavailable. Police could not disclose if other arrests were possible.