Police: DC Chef Made Famous By Obama Found With 19K In Cocaine In Lewes

A popular Washington D.C. chef and his companion were jailed in Lewes, Delaware last Thursday on serious drug charges.

Authorities said that On May 30, 2019, at approximately 7:30 in the morning, officers with the Lewes Police Department, along Delaware State Police Troopers responded to the area of Sussex Drive and Savannah Road in Lewes.

Dispatchers told officers that a 911 caller statied that a female inside of a gray BMW was yelling for help and appeared to be involved in a domestic dispute with the male driver.

When officers arrived in the area, they located the vehicle in the Highland Acres neighborhood and stopped the vehicle. The driver, identified as Massimo Fabbri, of Washington D.C., had scratches and bruising consistent with an altercation, according to Lewes Police Chief Thomas Spell.

Responding Troopers found the woman, identified as Christina Lombardi, also of D.C., walking in the 900 block of Mauri Drive where she was detained. Lombardi also had visible injuries consistent with the reported domestic fight, said Spell.

While investigating the incident further, officers searched both subjects and located a large quantity of cocaine, later determined to be 191 grams, with a street value of $19,100 and $3,201 in cash, according to Spell.

Officials said that a Lewes Police K9 unit later indicated on the cash as having the presence of narcotics. In addition to the cash, a 2013 BMW X5 was seized as evidence as it was used in the commission of the drug crime, according to Spell.

Christina Lombardi was subsequently arrested and charged with:
1. Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity
2. Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance with an Aggravating Factor (School Zone)
3. Conspiracy 2nd Degree, and
4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Lombardi was committed to SCI in default of $27,100 cash bail.
Court records indicate that Lombardi custody status is listed as Supervised Custody with a Pretrial Supervision notation.

Massimo Fabbri was subsequently arrested and charged with:
1. Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity
2. Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance with an Aggravating Factor (School Zone)
3. Conspiracy 2nd Degree
4. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and
5. Offensive Touching
Fabbri was committed to SCI in default of $32,100 cash bail.
Fabbri has been released on bond.

Massimo Fabbri, a well known Italian chef, made a name for himself at a restaurant popular with the movers and shakers in D.C. during his 16 years at that restaurant. He was reportedly the chef for former President Obama on the night that he decided to run for president back in 2007.

Fabbri once again made headlines in May of this year after the former president dined at his new restaurant with several former White House aides.

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