Troopers Say New Castle Man Intended To Deliver Heroin, Gun Found

Delaware State Police

Newark – Based on information provided by Probation and Parole officers regarding suspected drug activity at a Newark residence, the Delaware State Police Governor’s Task Force, has arrested a New Castle man on drug and weapons offenses, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said on Monday, February 19, 2018, members of the Governor’s Task Force (GTF), responded to a residence in the unit block of Fairway Road, Newark, to assist Probation and Parole officers with an administrative search. Upon making entry into the residence, GTF members came in to contact with Anthony J. Mata, 21, of New Castle, who was found to be in possession of heroin, according to Austin.

A subsequent search of the residence produced an additional quantity of heroin that was packaged for sale, a fully loaded 9mm handgun, as well as an assortment of drug paraphernalia, said Austin. Further investigation led GTF members to a 2012 Chrysler 200, which was able to be linked to Mata, where an additional quantity of heroin was located, said Austin.

Mata was taken in to custody without incident and then transported to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where he was formally charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Deadly Weapon while in Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin in a Tier 4 Quantity, and Possession of Heroin in a Tier 5 Quantity.

Mata was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #11 before being committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $62,500.00 secured bail.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Governor’s Task Force, by calling 302-834-2620. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at

An earlier version of this story state that Mata was a Newark man. He is from New Castle.

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