Troopers Charge Two With Multiple Drug Charges, Held On Over $600K Combined

Rehoboth Beach – Delaware State Police have arrested two men following an investigation into the sale of illegal drugs occurring in the Rehoboth Beach area, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said on October 5, 2018 members of Sussex Governor’s Task Force (GTF) were contacted by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force who had apprehended Gregory Lawson-Hixon, 29 of Rehoboth Beach, and Dante Cilia, 30 of Milton. Both subjects were seated in a Chevrolet Suburban in the parking lot of Surf Bagel located at 18675 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Gregory Lawson-Hixon was a wanted fugitive who fled from the Governor’s Task Force in August of this year. During that incident, a large amount of narcotics and currency was seized from his vehicle. He had active warrants for his arrest to include:

Failure to appear from Sussex Court of Common Pleas
Felony drug dealing warrant from Troop 3, Camden, Delaware
Felony drug dealing Governor’s Task Force warrant from Troop 4, Georgetown, Delaware

The investigation revealed the U.S. Marshal’s while working with members of the Sussex GTF and prior to apprehending both Lawson-Hixon and Cilia, observed several hand-to-hand narcotics transactions occur from the Suburban while it was parked in front of Surf Bagel, said Bratz. Once taken into custody, both subjects were in possession of contraband and large amounts of U.S. currency, according to Bratz. Lawson-Hixon was in possession of approximately 43 Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine 30mg pills, 23 Suboxone strips and over $2400.00 U.S. currency and  Cilia was in possession of one suboxone strip, over $1050.00 U.S. currency, said Bratz.

L: Lawson-Hixon R:Cilia / DSP

Both subjects were transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown without incident. Bratz said as a result of the vehicle search warrant, the following items were seized from the vehicle:

63 grams of cocaine
41 grams of marijuana
50 candy THC ropes
41 THC injectors
6 THC cigars
5 THC vapor oils
108 Oxycodone pills
68 Amphetamine pills
Over $7000.00 U.S. currency
Drug paraphernalia (packaging/distributing/weighing materials)

As a result of this investigation, Gregory Lawson-Hixon was charged with the following crimes:

Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) cocaine in a tier 2 quantity
Possession of cocaine in a tier 3 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Amphetamine in a tier 2 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Amphetamine in a tier 4 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Oxycodone in a tier 4 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) marijuana edibles
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) marijuana
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Suboxone
Possession marijuana in a tier 1 quantity
Conspiracy 2nd
Possession of drug paraphernalia

Dante Cilia was charged with the following crimes:

Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) cocaine in a tier 2 quantity
Possession of cocaine in a tier 3 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Amphetamine in a tier 4 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) Oxycodone in a tier 4 quantity
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) marijuana edibles
Possession with the intent to deliver (PWITD) marijuana
Possession of Suboxone
Possession marijuana in a tier 1 quantity
Conspiracy 2nd
Possession of drug paraphernalia

Gregory Lawson-Hixon, 29 of Rehoboth Beach, was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $331,107.00 cash bond.

Dante Cilia, 30 of Milton, was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $293,200.00 cash bond.

 

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