Recent arrests demonstrate local sales networks

A recent heroin arrest illustrates the heroin distribution network at work in Wicomico County.

Two people are facing charges after a car was pulled over that Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said had enough heroin inside to supply 42,000 people.

In June, the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force stopped a Volkswagen Passat driven by Jacqueline N. Sheppard, with Tyquan J. Williams in the passenger seat, because there was a search warrant for Williams.

In the New York Avenue home where they live, investigators said they found a scale containing suspected heroin; a bottle of a cutting agent; a rifle with a loaded magazine; and a 20-ton shop press and a kilo press, both with suspected heroin residue on them.

Inside the Volkswagen Passat was a shoe box with 210.6 grams of suspected heroin inside, along with a cutting agent and a loaded handgun, officials said.

The heroin that was seized has a street value of approximately $25,000.

Sheppard and Williams were each facing drug and gun charges.

Just last weekend, the Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Task Force has arrested a Lewes man after the culmination of a several monthlong investigation into illegal drug sales from a residence on River Bend Road.

The Sussex County Drug Task Force conducted a traffic stop on Carl X. Stallings, 22, of Lewes while he was operating his Acura in the Long Neck area.

A search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, where police found 13 bags of heroin, weighing .195 grams and labeled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and more than $1,400 in the center console, police said.

A search warrant was also conducted at an apartment where Stalling was known to frequent and distribute illegal drugs located in the Long Neck Apartment complex on River Bend Road. In that search, detectives located an additional 1,214 bags of heroin weighing 18.21 grams stamped “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Stalling was transported to Troop 4, where he was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $51,000 cash bond.

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