New Castle Man Arrested on Drug Charges

New Castle — A 25 year old New Castle man has been charged with dealing drugs after agents from the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement witnessed what appeared to be a drug transaction at an area WaWa.

On February 7, 2014, a plainclothes Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) Agent was standing outside of the WaWa located at 4000 N. DuPont Highway in New Castle and witnessed what appeared to be a hand to hand drug transaction near the fuel pumps. Other DATE agents that were in the area watched for the suspected dealer as he left the area on foot. The suspect, Kimjuana D. Jervey, was stopped and arrested without incident after he left the parking lot. He is accused of selling a baggie containing 3.8 grams of marijuana to another individual.

Jervey was charged with Drug Dealing and was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court #20. He was later released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.


Tobacco Investigation Leads to Drug Arrest

New Castle — A 54 year old New Castle man faces drug and weapons charges after an investigation of tobacco sales by agents with the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement at a convenience store.

On February 7, the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement (DATE) conducted undercover buys of unsealed cigarettes. While at T2 Food & Gas, located on Moores Lane in New Castle, the store manager sold a loose cigarette to an undercover DATE agent which is prohibited by state law. After arresting the manager and while conducting an inspection of the store’s tobacco products, Agents located a large bag of marijuana and a loaded .357 magnum in plain view behind the counter. Agents then obtained a search warrant for the business and seized 86 grams of marijuana, some of which was packaged for resale. The pistol and over $200 in cash was seized as well.

The store manager, Sher A. Khan, was charged with Drug Dealing (Possession with Intent to Distribute), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Advertisement of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Distribute Tobacco Products Unsealed by the Manufacturer. In addition, Khan was also found to have four outstanding capiases for his arrest for unrelated crimes. Khan was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court #11 and incarcerated under a $5,700 secured bond.


Delaware Bans Dangerous Drugs Known As “Bath Salts”

Gov. Markell SpeaksGovernor Jack Markell announced at a news conference today that Delaware has banned the dangerous stimulants commonly known “bath salts” now making them illegal in Delaware.

Early this afternoon, Secretary of State Jeff Bullock signed an “emergency rule” adding the compound of drugs known as “bath salts” to Delaware’s Schedule I of Controlled substances, following a recommendation by the Controlled Substances Advisory Committee. The order will be in effect for 120 days, with a 60-day extension possible. That gives the Delaware General Assembly, which re-convenes in January 2012, enough time to pass legislation banning the drugs permanently.

Today’s action empowers state law enforcement agencies to treat bath salts the same as other harmful illegal drugs, which means those who possess and, more importantly, those who sell bath salts will now face criminal penalties.

“These are not what people traditionally think of as bath salts that are added to a bath. This is a new designer drug sold in small vials or tins. People are getting sick, suicidal and very, very violent. These drugs are nasty and dangerous,” said the Governor. “If you know someone who has been abusing ‘bath salts,’ get them help,” said Governor Markell. “If you have the drug in your home or business, take it to the nearest Delaware State Police Troop and turn it in.”

Sec. of State Bullock Speaks“We are taking the unprecedented action of banning these drugs using a little known, but very powerful law, to immediately make them illegal to sell or possess,” said Secretary Bullock. “It’s an action we shouldn’t take lightly, but given the growing danger these drugs pose to our community, it is an action we need to take without delay.”

The Delaware Attorney General’s Office says two drug-related crimes are now applicable for bath salts: (Simple) Possession, which is a Misdemeanor level crime and Possession with the Intent to Distribute, which is a Felony level crime. The baseline Possession with the Intent to Distribute charge carries a sentencing range of 0-8 years in prison, and the seriousness of the charge and the corresponding sentencing range increases when aggravating factors are present such as prior offenses, resisting arrest, or committing a drug crime near a school or park – in certain cases this charge can carry minimum mandatory jail time.

“We’re working collaboratively with our law enforcement partners to quickly develop a game plan to enforce this ban and take specific action to ensure that these dangerous drugs are kept off the streets,” said Brian Robertson, Deputy Attorney General.

Sen. Bethany Hall-Long, D-Middletown is currently developing legislation that will be introduced when the General Assembly returns in January.

“This designer drug became an issue in my district and I’ve been working with various stakeholders to develop legislation allowing us to make bath salts controlled substance as well as working with families on finding treatment options,” Hall-Long said. ”As a nurse I am all too aware of the negative consequence this has on our public’s health and the injuries to patients who have used bath salts as well as their violent acts against nurses, police and other first responders”.

An emergency room nurse at Christiana Hospital, Rep. Rebecca Walker has seen the effects bath salts have had on people and is working with the Attorney General’s office to draft legislation permanently banning the substance.

“This phenomenon has popped up in the last few months and now it’s become a daily problem in all three counties,” said Rep. Walker, D-Middletown. “People have presented to all the emergency departments in the state under the influence of these bath salts and are so out-of-control and violent that they’ve injured nurses and EMS providers, making it difficult to provide the necessary treatment. My biggest concern is for members of the community who may be violently attacked. We can’t wait until January to address this. Banning this substance is the right thing to do, and I’m grateful to everyone for taking action today.”

Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss”, these products are comprised of a class of chemicals which can mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, MDMA and/or methamphetamine. The chemicals used to produce “bath salts” – mephedrone, methylone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) –have a high potential for abuse. The Federal Food and Drug Administration has not approved these chemicals for human consumption or for any medical use, and there is no oversight of their manufacture.

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Delaware Moves To Ban Dangerous Drugs Commonly Known As “Bath Salts”

DOVER – Governor Jack Markell announced today the state will be moving to ban the dangerous stimulants commonly known “bath salts” to make them illegal in Delaware as soon as tomorrow.

The Controlled Substances Advisory Committee will hold an emergency meeting Friday, September 30, at the request of the Secretary of State, who seeks to exercise his authority to issue an immediate ban on the drugs. Title 16, Section 4713, states the Secretary of State shall place a substance in Schedule I if that substance has high potential for abuse and has no accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or lacks accepted safety for use in treatment under medical supervision.

Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock will be taking an unprecedented step to immediately ban these substances for presenting a clear danger to the public. He plans to exercise his emergency authority to ban three synthetic chemical compounds used to produce “bath salts.” Marketed under names such as “Ivory Wave”, “Purple Wave”, “Vanilla Sky” or “Bliss”, these products are comprised of a class of chemicals which can mimic the effects of cocaine, LSD, MDMA and/or methamphetamine.

“We have every reason to make these drugs illegal,” said Governor Jack Markell. “These drugs present a danger to public safety. They have no legitimate use and can cause incredible damage to the lives of the user and those around the user. Criminalizing the sale and possession of these designer drugs will hopefully reverse their rising popularity and get them out of the hands of potential abusers.”

This action will empower state law enforcement agencies to treat bath salts the same as other harmful illegal drugs, which means those who possess and, more importantly, those who sell bath salts will now face criminal penalties.

“Getting these dangerous substances out of stores and off the streets will make Delaware a safer place,” said Attorney General Beau Biden. “Bath salts are dangerous drugs that have no place in our communities.”

Bath salts have become increasingly popular, particularly among teens and young adults, and are sold at places like tobacco shops, gas stations and head shops. The drug can also be bought on the internet. The federal Food and Drug Administration has not approved these chemicals for human consumption or for medical use, and there is no oversight of their manufacture.

Recently discovered data on three of the chemicals used to produce “bath salts” – mephedrone, methylone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) – demonstrate that they have a high potential for abuse and currently have no accepted medical use in the United States.

Often smoked, snorted or injected, bath salts can cause impaired perception, hallucinations, reduced motor control, chest pains, disorientation, extreme paranoia, agitation, and violent episodes. They are also believed to have led to numerous suicides.

The Controlled Substances Advisory Committee meeting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Carvel State Office Building, Wilmington, 10th floor. Following the meeting, a news conference will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Governor’s Office, 12th floor, with the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General Beau Biden.