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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014

6 Arrested As Police Bust Heroin Ring In Delaware

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Six people have been arrested following a two-month investigation into the distribu-

tion of heroin in Kent County, the Delaware State Police said today.  On Thursday,

police obtained search warrants for the home of Akim Lewis and Tracy McDonald in

the 900 block of Tobacco Road in Camden and for Nu-Vision Detailing and Twisted City

Customs, a business owned by Lewis in the unit block of Cochran Road in Camden. State

police said investigators seized approximately 23 grams of heroin (1,122 packets) worth

approximately $11,200 on the street. More than 2 grams of cocaine, a gram of marijuana,

a military-issued rocket launcher, a sawed-off 20-gauge shotgun, a 410 shotgun, ammun-

ition and drug paraphernalia also were seized, Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale, of the state po-

lice, said in a release.  Lewis and MacDonald were arrested; state police said they found

approximately 7 grams of heroin on Lewis.  Lewis, 34, of Camden, was charged with six

counts of drug dealing, conspiracy in the second degree, two counts of possession of ammu-

nition by a person prohibited, two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited,

possession of a destructive weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was commi-

tted to Sussex Correctional Institution after failing to post $279,000 secured bail.  Mac-

Donald, 36, of Camden, was charged with drug dealing, conspiracy in the second degree

and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $62,200 in unsecured bail.  On

Friday, police continued their investigation and obtained a search warrant for the home

of Keith Perkins in the 1600 block of South State Street in Dover. Gary Talbert, Brian

Crossman and Michael Bethard were arrested after police said they allegedly were in poss-

ession of approximately 14.5 grams of heroin.  Talbert, 48, of Dover, was charged with de-

livery of heroin, conspiracy in the second degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center after failing to post $62,200 in se-

cured bail.  Crossman, 30, of Smyrna, was charged with drug dealing, conspiracy in the se-

cond degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the Vaughn Corr-

ectional Center after failing to post $62,200 in secured bail.  Bethard, 25, of Smyrna, was

charged with drug dealing, conspiracy in the second degree and possession of drug paraph-

ernalia. He was committed to the Vaughn Correctional Center after failing to post $62,200

secured bail.  Perkins, 41, of Dover, who was arrested after investigators said they allegedly

found 8 grams (416 packets) of heroin and 11.7 grams of marijuana during their search of

his home, was charged with three counts of drug dealing, two counts of conspiracy in the se-

cond degree, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He was commi-

tted to the Vaughn Correctional Center after failing to post $184,700 secured bail.

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