‘Golden Horseshoe’ nets 40 in joint drug investigation with DOJ

SUSSEX COUNTY – A multi-jurisdictional investigation into the illegal drug trafficking organization conducted by the Delaware State Police and Delaware Department of Justice has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 40 individuals on over 190 criminal charges.

This organization was responsible for the distribution of various amounts of cocaine and heroin in the last nine months, according to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

Operation “Golden Horseshoe” concluded on June 14. The Sussex County Drug Unit and the Delaware Department of Justice organized and conducted this operation with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Kent and New Castle County Drug Units, Kent and New Castle County Governor’s Task Force, the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delaware Department of Corrections, Seaford Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Delaware Probation and Parole, along with Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey National Guard.

During this Operation, investigators used numerous investigative techniques to identify members involved in violent crime and the distribution of large amounts of cocaine and heroin in Sussex County.

Lamont Johnson

Antonio Holder

Through the investigation, detectives established that the illegal drug trafficking organization was headed by Lamont M. Johnson, Antonio P. Holder, James J. Jones, and Yusef L. Matthews, all whom have been charged with directing a significant cocaine and heroin network in western Sussex County, primarily the Coverdale area, Cpl. Fournier said.

Sonia E. Chavez (aka – Maria Zakrociemski) was identified as organizing and distributing a significant quantity of heroin in the Oak Orchard and Long Neck areas.  The operation involved the execution of search warrants at 11 different residential locations throughout Sussex County which resulted in the arrest or indictment of 40 individuals on numerous drug and weapons offenses.

As a result of the investigation, 11 search and seizure warrants were approved by the Superior Court of Sussex County for the following locations:

James Jones

  • 11000 block of Evans Drive, Bridgeville
  • 21000 block of Mill Park Drive, Bridgeville
  • 20000 block of Booker T. Washington Street, Bridgeville
  • 11000 block of Evans Drive, Bridgeville
  • 21000 block of Mill Park Drive, Bridgeville
  • 21000 block of Mill Park Drive, Bridgeville
  • 21000 block of Mill Park Drive, Bridgeville
  • 400 block of Elizabeth Cornish Landing, Bridgeville
  • 30000 block of Mount Joy Road, Millsboro
  • 26000 block of Bay Farm Road, Millsboro
  • 30702 Sussex Highway, Relax Inn, Laurel

Yusef Matthews

The total seizure amount during the investigation is listed as follows:

  • $156,124.00 in suspected drug proceeds
  • 278.95 grams of powder cocaine
  • 12.15 grams of crack cocaine
  • 2262 bags of heroin (15.834 grams)
  • 157.52 grams of marijuana
  • Glock 9mm pistol
  • Various items of stolen property were also recovered.

Sonia Chavez

The following subjects were linked and charged:

Lamont M. Johnson, 38, of Bridgeville.

Antonio P. Holder, 28, of Bridgeville.

James Jones, 28, of Bridgeville.

Yusef L. Matthews, 40, of Seaford.

Sonia Chavez, AKA Maria Zakrociemski, 65, of Millsboro.

Patrisha Cannon, 32, of Laurel.

Donald Carey, 28, of Lincoln.

Nyier Starks, 24, of New Castle.

Duayne L. Thompson, 34, of Seaford.

Odrift M. Ulysses, 33, of Laurel.

Lavocia I. Callahan, 46, of Millsboro.

Pamela J. Bergman, 56, of Millsboro.

Robert Levan, 34, of Harrington.

Lexus M. Bailey, 21, of Blades.

Leslie A. Johnson, 40, of Seaford.

Lakota S. Norwood, 24, of Harbeson.

Jose A. Serpa, 37, of Bridgeville.

Donshell T. Weston, 32, of Seaford.

Todd D. Culver, 49, of Greenwood.

Keith A. Dockins, 58, of Salisbury, Md.

Shaina Andell, 29, of Millsboro.

James V. Bryant, 61, of Ocean View.

Karin M. Flowers, 36, of Georgetown.

April A. Grant, 35, of Millsboro.

Keith A. Grew, 51, of Millsboro.

William J. Hendrickson, 61, of Millsboro.

Chad E. Hopper, 33, of Frankford.

Tiffany R. Klinger, 38, of Millsboro.

Colleen J. Patterson, 57, of Millsboro.

David G. Richards, 48, of Rehoboth Beach.

Joseph Unsworth, 43, of Millsboro.

Raymond H. Willis, 46, of Millsboro.

Brad A. Wilt, 35, of Millsboro.

Robin A. Wriston, 52, of Rehoboth Beach.

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

Demetrio R. Stewart, 37, of Milford.

Vera E. Curtis, 38, of Dagsboro.

Sarah A. Seamen, 55, of Millsboro.

Larry C. Reich, 47, of Palmyra, PA.

Ernest M. Lofland, 50, of Frankford.

Brian K. Barlow, 33, of Millsboro.

“Heroin is a major contributor to criminal activity in Sussex County and throughout Delaware. The State Police and DOJ deputies, investigators and staff have worked tirelessly to address it, and Attorney General Denn has made dealing with substance use issues a priority. Heroin, fentanyl and mixtures of these drugs are a danger to public safety for drug users, police, emergency personnel, and others who may come into contact with them. Mere contact with these substances can be fatal,” said David Hume, Sussex County Prosecutor at the Department of Justice. “Operation Golden Horseshoe dealt a significant blow to criminal organizations responsible for the presence of heroin and other dangerous drugs in Sussex County. In addition to our law enforcement partners at the Delaware State Police, I would like to recognize the contributions of deputy attorneys general Haley King and Michael Tipton for their continuing efforts in this case.”

“The success of this investigation demonstrates that it will take the collaborative efforts of all of our law enforcement partners and the cooperation and support of effected communities to target and dismantle drug organizations plaguing neighborhoods across our State” said Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., Superintendent of Delaware State Police.  “Thank you to our Troopers, prosecutors and all of our federal state and local law enforcement partners for their outstanding work on this investigation.  All of our agencies remain committed to working with our communities to reduce violent crime and drug trafficking throughout the state of Delaware.”

Anyone with any information in reference to the location of the listed wanted subjects is 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.

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