14 charged thus far in Selbyville/Frankford area drug investigation

SUSSEX COUNTY – The Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit charged 14 people culminating a three-month long drug investigation into illegal drug sales from an “open air drug market” in the Pollybranch area of Selbyville.

Two search warrants were executed at residences in Selbyville and Frankford, state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit and the Governor’s Task Force worked with the Worcester County Maryland Criminal Enforcement Team, National Guard Counter Drug Programs of Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, Drug Enforcement Administration, Ocean City Police Department Narcotics Unit and the Selbyville Police Department; concluded a joint drug investigation after three months in Sussex County.  The Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team is comprised of members from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Ocean City Police Department, and the Pocomoke City Police Department.

The two search warrants were executed with the assistance of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) and the Kent County Drug Unit, said Sgt. Bratz.

The locations are listed as follows:

  • 30,000 block of Washington Ave., Selbyville: Investigation revealed this residence was occupied by Janie Handy. Jayquan Bland was observed standing in front of the residence engaging in hand to hand drug transactions. He threw a plastic bag which contained 216 bags of Heroin.  During the search of the residence, detectives seized the following: $2,938 in suspected drug proceeds, seven bags of powder cocaine, eight suboxone strips, and 4.29 grams of Marijuana.

A Nissan Altima occupied by Delane Jacobs was parked in the area of the residence, according to state police. Detectives made contact with Jacobs in the vehicle and detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle was conducted which revealed .44 grams of powder cocaine, $612 in suspected drug proceeds and two suboxone strips. A nine-year old child was present during the execution of the search warrant. Division of Family Services was notified;

  • 30,000 block of Frankford School Road, Frankford: Investigation revealed this residence was maintained by Jeremiah Handy and Ashley Drummond. During the search of the residence, detectives seized the following:  5,380 bags of Heroin (37.66 grams), 7 grams of marijuana, a loaded Taurus 9mm semi auto handgun and $22,979 in suspected drug proceeds.  Detectives also seized $25,000 in assets from Handy and Drummond’s bank account.  A 12-year-old child was located inside the residence. The child was turned over to the maternal grandmother at the scene.  Division of Family Services was notified, Sgt. Bratz said.

    Jeremiah Handy

In total, detectives seized 5,596 bags of Heroin (39.172 grams), $51,529.00 in suspected drug proceeds, 3.62 grams of powder cocaine, 11.29 grams of marijuana, 10 suboxone strips and a loaded 9mm handgun.

The following 14 suspects were charged as a result of the investigation:

  • Jeremiah Handy, 32 of Selbyville: (Possession with intent to deliver) PWITD Heroin Tier 4 Quantity, Possession Heroin Tier 5 Quantity, Possession Firearm by Person Prohibited, Money Laundering, Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $126,000 cash bond.

    Ashley Drummond

    Janie Handy

  • Ashley Drummond, 30 of Frankford: PWITD Heroin Tier 4 Quantity, Possession Heroin Tier 5 Quantity, Possession Firearm by Person Prohibited, Money Laundering, Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $130,000 secured bond.
  • Janie C. Handy, 28 of Selbyville: PWITD Cocaine, Maintaining a Drug Property, Possession Suboxone, Endangering Welfare of Child, and Poss Drug Para. She was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $10,500 cash bond.

    Phillip Michael Smith

    Jaquan Bland

  • Jayquan Bland, 17 of Laurel: PWITD Heroin, Tampering Physical Evidence, and Possession Drug Paraphernalia, Drug Dealing and Conspiracy 2nd Degree. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Stevenson House Detention Center in default of $12,250 cash bond.
  • Delane Jacobs, 30 of Selbyville: Possession Cocaine, Possession Suboxone, two counts of Possession Drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $1,501.00 secured bond.

    David M. Mitchell Jr.

    Delane Jacobs

  • Phillip Michael Smith, 29 of Frankford: Drug Dealing. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed in default of $50,000 cash bond.
  • David M. Mitchell Jr, 25 of Selbyville: Drug Dealing with an Aggravating Factor and Conspiracy 2nd degree. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $22,253 secured bond.

    Tycere Bryant

  • Tycere Bryant, 17 of Selbyville: Drug Dealing. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Stevenson House Detention Center in default of $20,000 secured bond.

State police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following subjects:

Frederick M. Lynch, 23 of Georgetown

Deshawn C. Handy, 34 of Selbyville

Edward L. Collick, 28 of Greenwood

Cornell V. Gray, 33 of Greenwood

Timothy E. Sample, 28 of Millville

Jhajuanye Q. Johnson, 23 of Selbyville

Frederick M. Lynch, 23 of Georgetown: Drug Dealing

Deshawn C. Handy, 34 of Selbyville: two counts of Drug Dealing

Edward L. Collick, 28 of Greenwood: Drug Dealing

Cornell V. Gray, 33 of Greenwood: Drug Dealing

Timothy E. Sample, 28 of Millville: Drug Dealing and Conspiracy 2nd degree

Jhajuanye Q. Johnson, 23 of Selbyville: Drug Dealing and Conspiracy 2nd degree

Anyone with any information in reference to the location of the listed wanted subjects is asked to contact Sergeant M. Dawson at 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.

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