Multiple arrests in month-long drug probe

GREENWOOD – A month-long drug investigation culminated Monday with multiple arrests.

Investigation determined that cocaine and heroin were being distributed from aresidence in the 10900 block of Webb Farm Road.

On June 11 at approximately 6:04 a.m., the Sussex County Drug Unit with assistance from the Sussex Governor’s Task Force and the Special Operations Response Team responded and a search warrant was executed at the residence.

Jeffrey Allen

Patrick J. Rafferty

Several subjects were located inside and detained.

During the search, detectives seized 21.01 grams of crack cocaine, 5.2 grams of powder cocaine, 66 bags of heroin (approximately .462 grams), $3,367 in suspected drug proceeds, a loaded .25 Caliber Boa semi-auto handgun, and various drug paraphernalia including pipes and syringes used to consume narcotics, state police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Further investigation revealed that 48-year-old Jeffrey Allen of Greenwood was distributing cocaine and heroin from the residence. The homeowner, Patrick J. Rafferty, 47, of Greenwood, was aware of the drug distribution occurring at the residence which he maintained, according to Cpl. Jaffe.

Authorities allege Eric C. Howard, 45m of Lincoln, conspired with Jeffery Allen to complete a delivery of .4 grams of crack cocaine to Kenneth J. Passwaters, 58, of Milford, just prior to the execution of the search warrant.

Kenneth J. Passwaters

Eric C. Howard

The suspects were taken to Troop 4 and charged as follows:

  • Jeffrey Allen: possession with intent to deliver Tier 4 crack cocaine, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession with Intent to deliver heroin, possession with Intent to deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine Tier 1, delivery of crack cocaine, conspiracy second degree and possession of drug Paraphernalia. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $83,500 secured bond;
  • Patrick Rafferty: Maintaining drug property and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and released on $2,500 unsecured bond.
  • Eric Howard: Delivery of crack cocaine and conspiracy second degree. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $5,000 secured bond.
  • Kenneth Passwaters: Resisting arrest, possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned and given a $1,500 unsecured bond but was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on unrelated capiases.
  • Two other suspects located in the residence, a 50-year-old Millsboro man, and a 51-year-old Milford woman, were both issued a criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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