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Heroin Scourge

There’s no other drug with quite the same evil reputation and, while all illegal drugs have the capability to enslave their users, heroin does so over decades. We have example after example of the impossible-to-escape grip of the opiate from famous musicians all the way down to the poorest urban dweller. Largely invisible, someone can be a hard-core heroin addict, and so long as they get their “medicine,” pass for normal. But this only adds to the danger, since they can then become an invisible vector to pass on all the diseases that come with improper and continuous injection – AIDS, hepatitis and other infections.

Delaware has a heroin problem. A glance at material released from the Governor’s Task Force shows the details. The GTF is part of the State Police which pairs probation officers with Troopers to address quality of life issues in high crime areas. Here are a few of this month’s arrests for heroin:

Greenwood: Three arrested for heroin possession at the Greenwood Inn motel.

After a month’s investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for a room at the motel and the car being used by three young people (22,24 and 27). The search revealed a total of 750 bags of heroin, a fully loaded .40 caliber handgun, which was found to be stolen during a burglary in Kent County, over $1,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds, and other drug paraphernalia.

Days Inn Hotel, Newark, DE: Two arrested this time, a 21 and 22 year-old. Task Force members smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from within the hotel room, and also observed Khaliq D. Scott-21 inside. Task Force members observed drug paraphernalia consisting of items utilized to package heroin for sale, and also located burnt marijuana cigarettes in an ashtray.

A subsequent search warrant was obtained and executed for the hotel room leading to the discovery of 1,118 bags of heroin totaling 27.95 grams (Total street value of heroin seized in approximately $11,000.00) and a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun along with a magazine containing 2 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition, which was not loaded in the weapon. The handgun was reported stolen in Elsmere, DE in January 2013.

The stories go on, but it’s shocking to see young people out selling heroin. The reports don’t detail who the customers of these dealers were, nor does it go into how the drug gets to Delaware. But it is here and it is a scourge.


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