Large-scale heroin traffic, money laundering targets of Operation Duck Hunt

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Delaware State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Richard Bratz, left, points to suspects as Sgt. Mark Dawson of the Delaware State Police Drug Unit looks on.

GEORGETOWN – This “duck hunt” took a serious bite out of suspected crime.

Delaware State Police, Division of Gaming Enforcement and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office Tuesday announced the conclusion of a two-year investigation into alleged large-scale heroin distribution and money laundering.

Coined Operation Duck Hunt, the investigation has thus far resulted in 13 arrests in one of the largest drug busts in state history.

Deangelo mcglotten

Deangelo Mcglotten

Investigation revealed Deangelo Mcglotten was the ring leader for the heroin distribution into Sussex and Kent counties along with his closest associates, Timothy Felix and Adrian Coverdale, according to state police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz.

In addition to the heroin distribution network, investigation revealed the illegal proceeds of the drug organization were being laundered by Salman Choudhary through casinos, businesses, and personal properties, Sgt. Bratz said.

Salman Choudhary

Salman Choudhary

Eleven suspects were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury as part of the investigation.

“Heroin is a serious, serious problem in Delaware right now and all of law enforcement is working together to combat it,” said Delaware 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.”

Adrian Coverdale

Adrian Coverdale

The following additional special units within the Delaware State Police participated:  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, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Homeland Security Investigations Unittand 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, Delaware Division of Revenue Criminal Investigative Unit and Dover Downs Casino and Surveillance Unit.

Timothy Felix

Timothy Felix

Law enforcement officials made the announcement May 17 at the Delaware State Police Trooper 2 base at the Delaware Coastal Airport.

“This investigation targeted a criminal organization responsible for large scale heroin distribution and money laundering in Kent and Sussex County,” said Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. “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 success of this drug investigation would not have been realized if it were not for the cooperation between all of the agencies involved. The large amount of drugs seized and the drug traffickers that were arrested would have continued to plague our communities.”

“The results were only possible with everyone providing information and support,” said Greg Nolt, Director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement. “It began as a possible money laundering case and evolved into one of the largest heroin seizures in state along with other asset seizures throughout Sussex County to include money, property and guns.  The success of this operation was only possible with the full commitment of all our partners in law enforcement along with those in public and private sector.  Thank you to everyone who assisted our efforts to reduce the impact that heroin has on our communities and remove violent criminals from our streets.”

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 SWAT, and the other units of the Delaware State Police.

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.

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Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, in his role as Delaware State Police Troop 4 Honorary Commander, points to a photo of cash and weapons seized during Operation Duck Hunt.

In total, 13 suspects were charged with 77 criminal offenses as part of the overall investigation.

Search warrants were executed on two separate occasions during the investigation, Sgt. Bratz said.

On Jan. 13, 2016 a search and seizure warrant was executed at Deangelo Mcglotten’s residence, in the 16,000 block of Progress School Road, Bridgeville. Another was executed on an Acura MDX linked to Mr. Mcglotten.

The following evidence was seized Jan 13:

  • 42,250 bags of heroin or approximately 633 grams of heroin;
  • $7740;
  • A stolen 9 mm handgun;
  • A Marlin 30-30 rifle;

On May 11, 2016, 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 May 11 in which seven search warrants were executed:

  • 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 in jewelry;
  • 3 Ruger 9mm handguns;
  • A Raven Arms .25mm handgun;
  • A M4 Carbine Rifle;
  • 23 vehicles total value approximately $250,000;

According to state police, the May 11 drug seizure is one of the largest single seizures of pre-packaged heroin in state history, netting more than 74,000 bags of heroin with a $740,000 street value.

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, Sgt. Bratz said.

Suspects identified as part of the organization who were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury:

Deangelo Mcglotten, 31, of Felton, 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 to the Department of corrections in default of $1,000,000 cash bond.

Patrick Cirwithian, 30, of Greenwood: Maintaining a Drug Property, Conspiracy 2nd degree, Organized Crime and Racketeering; committed in default of $350,000 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 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 cash bond.

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, 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 cash bond.

Christian Cortes, 27, of Wilmington: Operate Unregistered MV, No Valid License, Fail Trans T/R and No Insurance; committed in default of $200,000 cash bond.

The following suspects were indicted by the Sussex County Grand Jury in connection with this investigation have not been located:

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, 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.

State police note that Luis Manzanet-Garlaza has ties to Milford, 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.

Anyone with any information in reference to the location of the wanted subjects is  asked to contact Sgt. Mark 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.”

 

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