Kent and Sussex County- On May 11th 2016, members of the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office concluded a two year long investigation of a criminal organization which engaged in large scale heroin distribution and money laundering. A total of thirteen agencies were involved in the investigation. The following additional special units within the Delaware State Police participated: Sussex, Kent and New Castle County Drug Units; Sussex, Kent, and New Castle County Governor’s Task Force Units, Intelligence Unit, Special Operations Response Team. Federal participating agencies that assisted with the investigation include, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), United States Homeland Security Investigations Unit (HSI) and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force. Local law enforcement participating agencies include Department of Correction, Probation and Parole, Georgetown Police Department, Seaford Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Dover Police Department, Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE), Delaware Division of Revenue Criminal Investigative Unit, Dover Downs Casino and Surveillance Unit.
The investigation revealed Deangelo Mcglotten was the ring leader for the heroin distribution into Kent and Sussex Counties along with his closest associates, Timothy Felix and Adrian Coverdale. In addition to the heroin distribution network, the investigation revealed the illegal proceeds of the drug organization were being laundered by Salman Choudhary through casinos, businesses, and personal properties. Eleven Suspects were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury as part of the investigation.
The arrest operation was initiated with seven search and seizure warrants being executed throughout Kent and Sussex Counties by the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) SWAT, and the additional above units of the Delaware State Police. The operation disrupted the flow of heroin into the communities of Kent and Sussex Counties. The organization supplied several drug markets in Sussex County including Chandler Heights, Meadowbridge, Coverdale, and Oak Orchard. In total, thirteen suspects were charged with 77 criminal offenses as part of the overall investigation.
Search warrants were executed on two separate occasions during the investigation. On January 13th, 2016 a search and seizure warrant was executed at Deangelo Mcglotten’s residence, located in the 16,000 block of Progress School Road, Bridgeville. Another was executed on an Acura MDX linked to Mcglotten. The following evidence was seized as part of this investigation on January 13th 2016:
42,250 bags of heroin or approximately 633 grams of heroin
A stolen 9 mm handgun
A Marlin 30-30 rifle
On May 11th 2016, seven search and seizure warrants were executed at the following locations:
2000 block of Woodyard Road, Harrington, DE
12,000 block of Beach Highway, Greenwood, DE
16,000 block of Progress School Road, Bridgeville, DE
300 block of James Street, Georgetown, DE
400 block of Central Park Drive, Harrington, DE
400 block of South Washington Street, Milford, DE
200 block of Aspen Drive, Cheswold, DE
The following evidence was seized during the final arrest operation where seven search warrants were executed on May 11th 2016:
74,425 bags of heroin or approximately 1,116 grams of heroin
$200,000 was seized which includes cash and seized assets from numerous accounts
Approximately $50,000.00 in jewelry
3 Ruger 9mm handguns
A Raven Arms .25mm handgun
A M4 Carbine Rifle
23 vehicles total value approximately $250,000
The drug seizure on May 11th 2016 is one of the largest single seizure of pre-packaged heroin in state history netting more than 74,000 bags of heroin, which has a $740,000.00 street value. The total heroin seizure for the overall investigation is 116,675 bags or approximately 1749 grams of heroin with a street value of $1,166,750.00.
Following lists the names of the suspect identified as part of the organization who were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury:
Deangelo Mcglotten, 31 of Felton, – 17 Charges
Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possesses a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, Criminal Solicitation 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd degree, 4 counts of Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Racketeering, Fraud and false statements makes and subscribes a false return statement docum., Possess, Purchase, Own or Control a Firearm/Destructive Weapon If previously Convicted, Possess, Purchase Own Control Firearm, Ammo by Person Prohibited Prior Violent Crime or Felony, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possess a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity, 2 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Receiving a Stolen Firearm. Committed in default of $1,000,000.00 cash bond.
Patrick Cirwithian, 30 of Greenwood, Maintaining a Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Organized Crime and Racketeering. Committed in default of $350,000.00 Cash Bond
Adrian Coverdale, 34 of Blades, Manufactures, Delivers, PWID a Controlled Substance in Tier 4 Quantity, Possesses a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity, Criminal Solicitation 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd Degree, Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Racketeering. Committed in default of $400,000.00 Cash Bond
Timothy Felix, 30 of Dover, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possesses a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, two counts of Drug Dealing, Criminal Solicitation 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Racketeering. Committed in default of $750,000.00 Cash Bond
Tina Mosley, 51 of Greenwood, Maintaining Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd degree and Organized Crime and Racketeering.
Committed in default of $750,000.00 Cash Bond.
Salman Choudhary, 37 of Georgetown, Organized Crime and Racketeering, three counts of Money Laundering, two counts of Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax, and two counts of Failure to File Return. Committed in default of $1.7 Million Cash Bond
The following Suspects were charged and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court:
Daniel Montalvo-Rosado, 29 of Wilmington, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possesses a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity and Conspiracy 2nd degree. Committed in default of $200,000.00 Cash Bond
Christian Cortes, 27 of Wilmington, Operate Unregistered MV, No Valid License, Fail Trans T/R and No Insurance.
Committed in default of $200,000.00 Cash Bond
*The following suspects were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury in connection with this investigation have NOT been located at this time:
Linda Mcglotten, 49 of Milford, Racketeering and Money Laundering.
Reginald Mcglotten, 30 of Millsboro, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possesses a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, Criminal Solicitation 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Racketeering.
Obrien Morris, 26 of Millsboro, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Possesses a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, 2 counts of Criminal Solicitation 2nd degree, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Money Laundering, Organized Crime and Racketeering.
Luis Manzanet-Garlaza, 27 of Milford, Manufactures, delivers, PWID a controlled substance in Tier 4 quantity, Conspiracy 2nd degree and Organized Crime and Racketeering.
Sohail Zeeshan, 39 of Rehoboth Beach, Organized Crime and Racketeering, three counts of Money Laundering, two counts of Fraud and False Statement Makes and Subscribes a False Return Statement Document.
Luis Manzanet-Garlaza has ties to Milford, Delaware, Northern New Jersey, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Delaware State Police are requesting any information that may lead to the location and arrest of these subjects.
If anyone has any information in reference to the location of the listed wanted subjects, they are asked to contact Sgt. M. Dawson at 302-752-3815. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”
Below is a list of statements provided by agencies involved in the operation:
Delaware Department of Justice – Attorney General’s Office:
“Heroin is a serious, serious problem in Delaware right now and all of law enforcement is working together to combat it,” said Attorney General Matt Denn. “This operation puts a significant dent in the heroin traffic in the southern part of the state and is another example of how the close working relationship between our office and Delaware State Police, as well as other agencies, can make a difference and make Delaware a safer place. Along with the Delaware State Police who worked diligently on this case, I would also recognize Deputy Attorneys General Rebecca Anderson, Christopher Hutchison, Michael Tipton, and Adam Gelof for leading the DOJ side of this very complicated and noteworthy investigation, and I thank State Prosecutor Kathy Jennings, and Chief Sussex County Prosecutor Peggy Marshall for their leadership in this important case.”
Delaware State Police:
“This investigation targeted a criminal organization responsible for large scale heroin distribution and money laundering in Kent and Sussex County. The presence of drugs and drug dealers in our communities invariably leads to an increase in crimes such as robberies and thefts and has a significant impact on the health and safety of our communities. The success of this drug investigation would not have been realized if it were not for the cooperation between all of the agencies involved. The large amount of drugs seized and the drug traffickers that were arrested would have continued to plague our communities. Thank you to all of our Troopers all of the Federal, State and local agencies and the Department of Justice for their excellent teamwork and collaboration on this investigation. All of our agencies remain committed to working with our communities to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking throughout the State of Delaware.”
Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.,
Superintendent of Delaware State Police
Division of Gaming Enforcement:
“The results were only possible with everyone providing information and support. It began as a possible money laundering case and evolved into one of the largest heroin seizures in state along with other asset seizures throughout Sussex County to include money, property and guns. The success of this operation was only possible with the full commitment of all our partners in law enforcement along with those in public and private sector. Thank you to everyone who assisted our efforts to reduce the impact that heroin has on our communities and remove violent criminals from our streets.”
Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement
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