Following Dover shootings, multi-agency sting nets guns, drugs

Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online

A two-day, multi-agency sting that came in direct response to Dover's recent rash of shootings netted drugs and guns, Delaware State Police said.

The operation, which was led by state police and executed on Thursday and Friday, targeted Dover's Capitol Park neighborhood, where, in the last two weeks of the year, there were four shootings, department spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

That number doesn't include a shooting on New Year's Day, which injured two teens. Police said that incident was a drive-by.

Jaffe said the Thursday and Friday sting was intended as a "proactive criminal operation to target violent crime occurring in (the Capitol Park) neighborhood with the focus on seizing firearms." 

No arrests were made as part of the operation.

Through their investigation, troopers learned that weapons, drugs and other "contraband" were being hidden behind houses on state and Kent County land, Jaffe said.

A Year of Gun Violence

"The operation incorporated a terrain search for contraband while community outreach officers engaged with the community members to inform the residents the reason for the law enforcement presence," Jaffe said. 

During the Thursday search, troopers found a loaded Smith & Wesson .40-caliber pistol, a black "tactical-style" ballistic vest and a loaded assault rifle.

A day later, troopers received a tip that other "items" had been hidden in the woods behind a home on South Governor’s Boulevard after police left on Thursday. 

On Friday, troopers went back to the area and found 656 baggies of heroin — about 4.59 grams worth.

The success of this operation was due to the collaboration and support from all of the assisting law enforcement officers," Jaffe said. "We will continue to target these violent crime areas and help our communities make their neighborhoods safer."

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