State police bags one of largest heroin busts in Delaware history

Segeant Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police announced one of the largest heroin seizures in the history of Delaware on Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

Segeant Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police announced one of the largest heroin seizures in the history of Delaware on Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

KENT AND SUSSEX COUNTIES – An investigation spanning two years and involving thirteen agencies yielded one of the largest seizures of heroin in Delaware’s history, according to Sergeant Richard Bratz with the Delaware State Police.

The announcement came Tuesday, May 11 during a press conference held in Georgetown.

“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.”

Deangelo Mcglotten

Deangelo Mcglotten

Adrian Coverdale

Adrian Coverdale

Timothy Felix

Timothy Felix

Salman Choudhary

Salman Choudhary

Leading the heroin distribution ring was Deangelo Mcglotten of Felton, according to police. Mcglotten, along with his closest associates, Timothy Felix of Dover and Adrian Coverdale of Felton, led the ring for heroin distribution into Kent and Sussex Counties.

According to police, illegal proceeds of the drug organization were being laundered by Salman Choudhary of Georgetown through casinos, businesses and personal properties. Eleven suspects were ultimately indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury as a 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 additional units of the Delaware State Police.

“This investigation targeted a criminal organization responsible for large scale heroin distribution and money laundering in Kent and Sussex County,” Superintendent of the Delaware State Police Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr. said. “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 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 13, a search and seizure warrant was executed at Deangelo Mcglotten’s residence, located in the 16,000 block of Progress School Road in Bridgeville.  Another was executed on an Acura MDX linked to Mcglotten.

The following evidence was seized as part of this investigation on January 13:

  • 42,250 bags of heroin or approximately 633 grams of heroin
  • $7,740.00
  • A stolen 9 mm handgun
  • A Marlin 30-30 rifle

On May 11, 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 11:

  • 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 with a total value approximately $250,000

The drug seizure on May 11 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 street value of $740,000.

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.

The following list includes the names of the suspects identified as a 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

Patrick Cirwithian

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

Tina Mosley

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

Daniel Montalvo-Rosado

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

Christian Cortes

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

Linda Mcglotten

Reginald Mcglotten

Reginald Mcglotten

Obrien Morris

Obrien Morris

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

Luis Manzanet-Garlaza

Sohail Zeeshan

Sohail Zeeshan

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.”

Units involved in the investigation

Members of the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office were assisted by special units within the Delaware State Police including  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.

Segeant Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police announced one of the largest heroin seizures in the history of Delaware on Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown which included the seizure of vehicles linked to the organization. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

Segeant Richard Bratz of the Delaware State Police announced one of the largest heroin seizures in the history of Delaware on Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown which included the seizure of vehicles linked to the organization. Special to The Chronicle and The Journal

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