The heroin epidemic seems to be surging through the nation’s first state of Delaware. Over the years, heroin has found its way into neighborhoods throughout the United States and police forces are cracking down on it with various task forces. Dealers are being busted and users are OD’ing in alarming numbers.
The latest case comes from the town of Blades in Delaware. Four people have been arrested after a months-long investigation carried out by the Sussex County Drug Task Force and Governor’s Task Force. A search of a Blades home uncovered 280 bags of heroin, weighing 4.2 grams, 0.4 grams of marijuana, 0.4 grams of powder cocaine, drug paraphernalia and more than $900 in suspected cash coming from drug sales.
Blades residents, Bryant LeCates, 24, and Pamela M. Lama, 45, and Joseph Owens Jr., 53 were all taken into custody on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin; possession of heroin; second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. LeCates was also charged with tampering with physical evidence and was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a cash bond of $17,200. Lama caught a cocaine possession charge on top of the others and was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $28,500 cash bond. Owens was additionally charged with cocaine and marijuana possession and was committed to the Sussex Correctional facility on $28,500 cash bond.
A separate search was conducted at the Sunrise Motel in Seaford. Here, police found 7,808 bags of heroin, (117.09 grams), three oxycodone pills, drug paraphernalia, a loaded 9 mm handgun and more than $6,000 cash. For this crime, Michael D. Coverdale, 38, of Seaford was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin; possession of a controlled substance with a prescription, two counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and was committed to Sussex Correctional on $150,900 cash bond.