“Operation Spiritus” concludes with multiple arrests: Milford homicide suspect wanted in connection with large Kent drug investigation

Abdul T WhiteAshley GonzalezKevin M McDonaldTeuntay C DrummondTaquen G OwensRhymean FloydKevin A McDonald JrKashyra CannonJocquon JohnsonJames M SmithGary D WilliamsFrank R LovettDeanna BoydArthur D StrattonAmanda PollardAlvia MosleyKENT COUNTY- A multi-jurisdictional investigation into a drug trafficking organization operating in Kent County recently concluded with the arrest or indictment of 13 people on more than 100 criminal charges.

According to Public Information Officer Master Corporal Gary Fournier, those charged were allegedly responsible for the distribution of more than 1,000 grams of cocaine in the last six months.

Among the people involved, and still wanted by police, were two wanted by Milford Police in connection to Aug. 8, 2015 home investigation and murder investigation.

“The six month investigation, dubbed ‘Operation Spiritus’ which began in March of 2015 and concluded on Sept. 9, 2015, targeted the illegal drug trafficking organization headed by Kevin M. McDonald, 41, of Magnolia, who has been charged with directing a significant cocaine network in the central and southern Kent County area,” said Cpl. Fournier. “The operation involved the execution of search warrants at 12 different residential locations throughout Kent County which resulted in the arrest or indictment of 13 individuals on numerous drug and weapons offenses.”

On Sept. 9, 2015, search warrants were executed by the tactical teams of the Delaware State Police, Dover Police Department, Milford Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, FBI, and State of Delaware Division of Probation and Parole, at 12 separate residences located in Magnolia, Felton, Frederica, Harrington, Greenwood, and Milford.

The targeted locations included:

  • unit block of Apple Run, Paris Villa, Magnolia
  • 300 block of Abec Lane, Peachtree Apartments, Felton
  • 2100 block of Cubbage Pond Road, Lincoln
  • unit block of Sycamore Drive, High Point Mobile Home Park, Frederica
  • 100 block of Unity Lane, Greenwood
  • 1300 block of Layton Corner Road, Harrington
  • unit block of New Street, Harrington
  • unit block of West Cherry Drive, Paris Villa, Magnolia
  • four separate units on Linstone Lane, Silver Lake Estates Apartments, Milford

As a result of the execution of the search warrants the following items were seized (all weights are approximate):

  • 1,089.64 grams of cocaine
  • 21.36 grams of heroin
  • 22.3 grams of marijuana
  • two, .40 caliber handguns
  • one, .410 caliber handgun
  • three, 9 mm handguns
  • one, 12 gauge shotgun
  • one, .223 caliber assault rifle
  • Assorted ammunition
  • $42,973.00 in suspected drug proceeds
  • two motor vehicles
  • packaging material including thousands of wax bags associated with the sale of heroin

As a result of the cooperative effort of approximately 50 investigative personnel from the various law enforcement agencies, Kevin M. McDonald was indicted in the Kent County Superior Court and charged with a total of 12 felony crimes including Racketeering, Drug Dealing, Aggravated Possession of Cocaine, and numerous other drug offenses.  Mr. McDonald is currently incarcerated at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution for lack of $41,750 cash bail.

The following were also indicted in the Kent County Superior Court.  They were charged with various felony crimes including racketeering, drug, and weapons offenses and remanded to the Delaware Department of Corrections in lieu of bonds.   

  • Kevin A. McDonald Jr., 22 of Felton
  • Amanda Pollard, 23 of Magnolia
  • Gary D. Williams, 25 of Frederica
  • Taquen G. Owens, 22 of Greenwood
  • James M. Smith, 30 of Harrington

The following were arrested during the execution of the search warrants and charged with various drug and weapons offenses.

  • Arthur D. Stratton, 39 of Magnolia
  • Teuntay C. Drummond, 22 of Milford
  • Alivia Mosley, 22 of Milford
  • Kashyra Cannon, 25 of Milford
  • Jocquon Johnson, 22 of Milford
  • Deanna Boyd, 25 of Milford
  • Rhymean Floyd, 35 of Milford

Indictments have been obtained for the following individuals in connection with this investigation and are currently wanted:

  • Abdul T. White, 30 of Dover, DE, wanted for Racketeering.
  • Ashley S. Gonzalez, 25 of Harrington, DE, wanted for Racketeering.
  • Frank R. Lovett, 28 of Greenwood, DE, wanted for Racketeering.

Abdul T. White, 30, of Dover, is also wanted in connection with the Milford murder investigation. Milford Police also want to talk with Ashley S. Gonzalez, 25, relating to the Aug. 8 homicide inquiry.

If anyone has any information in reference to the location of the listed wanted subjects, they are asked to contact Sgt. Skinner at 302-741-2798 or by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.  Information may also be sent via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

 The following is a list of agencies that provide assistance throughout this investigation:

Delaware State Police

Dover Police Department

Milford Police Department

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Delaware Department of Justice

New Castle County Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)

Department of Corrections- Probation and Parole

Smyrna Police Department

Harrington Police Department

Kent County SPCA

Kent County Code Enforcement

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)

City of Harrington Code Enforcement

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