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Police: Lengthy Drug Investigation Leads To Arrests Tuesday

New Castle County Police (NCCPD) make arrests after a lengthy investigation.

Officials said during the months of January and February 2021, detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Drug Control Squad spear-headed an investigation based on information from the community.

The detectives learned that 33-year-old Pierre Johnson of Smyrna and his female acquaintance, 28-year-old Naomi Patrick-Smith of Centerville were selling heroin, Fentanyl, and crack cocaine all throughout New Castle County, according to police.

Yesterday, after sufficient probable cause was established a search warrant was authored and executed at Smith’s residence located on the 5000 block of Old Kennett Pike, according to police. Members of the New Castle County Division of Police Special Weapons and Tactics Team assisted the detectives with the search warrant execution.

After initial contact was made, Johnson was seen climbing out of a second-floor bedroom window, according to police. He then opted to crawl back in through the window, but not before throwing a handgun outside on the ground, added police.

Both Johnson and Smith were taken into custody and their residence searched. Detectives recovered the handgun and also seized 20.8 grams of heroin packaged for sale, 2 digital scales, 5 tablets of Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine or MDMA (Ecstasy), multiple cell phones, and over $500 in cash.

Both were taken back to NCCPD HQ and charged.

Johnson was charged with one count felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, one count felony Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Tier 3 Quantity, two counts felony Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, one count felony Tampering With Physical Evidence, one count felony Conspiracy Second, one count misdemeanor Resisting Arrest, one count misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and held in lieu of $86,000 cash bail.

Smith was charged with one count of Felony Possession with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance Tier 3 Quantity and one count of Felony Conspiracy Second Degree.

She was also arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was released after posting $52,000 secured bail.

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