Police: No Jobs Too Big, Troopers Save The Day By Finding Drugs In Lunch Box

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Laurel– Delaware State Police arrest three suspects after a warrant attempt led to the discovery of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on Monday, July 23, 2018, at approximately 9:35 p.m., when members of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force (GTF) responded to the 29000 block of Discount Land Road, to conduct a warrant attempt for 42-year-old Richie Hurley. Richie Hurley is a level 3 probation absconder and was wanted on a capias from Superior Court for Failure to Appear for Drug Court, according to Jaffe.


As an officer began to approach the side door of the residence, a male subject, identified as 23-year-old Dwayne Hurley of Bridgeville, exited the residence and suddenly turned away and ran back inside when he discovered the police presence. A brief chase ensued and subsequently, officers were able to take Dwayne Hurley into custody inside the residence. A search of Dwayne Hurley’s person revealed he was in possession of cocaine, said Jaffe.

Richie Hurley was located in the residence and was taken into custody without incident due to his wanted status. A search of Richie Hurley revealed he was in possession of a large amount of suspected drug proceeds, according to Jaffe.

Officials said while inside the residence, officers observed drug paraphernalia and a children’s “Paw Patrol” bag. Upon opening the bag, officers discovered a large quantity of cocaine as well as other narcotics and drug paraphernalia. While searching the rest of the residence for additional persons, officers discovered a 24-year-old male from Delmar hiding in the garage, said Jaffe.


The following evidence was seized as part of this investigation:

Approximately 57.08 grams of cocaine
(31) 15mg Oxycodone pills
(9) .5mg Alprazolam pills
(16) bags of heroin
(2) Suboxone film strips
Approximately 0.08 grams of amphetamine
(2) digital scales
Numerous items of drug storage paraphernalia
Over $1700.00 in suspected drug proceeds

All three suspects were transported back to Troop 4, arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and charged with the following:

Richie Hurley:

Drug dealing cocaine in a tier 4 quantity
Possession of cocaine in a tier 5 quantity
Drug dealing Oxycodone in a tier 2 quantity
Possession of a controlled substance (Alprazolam)
Possession of a controlled substance (Suboxone)
Possession of a controlled substance (heroin)
Possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine)
Possession of drug paraphernalia-(3 counts)
Richie Hurley was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $127,750.00 cash only bond.

Dwayne Hurley:

Hindering prosecution
Resisting arrest
Possession of cocaine
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Dwayne Hurley was released on $2,000.00 unsecured bond.

24-year-old Delmar man:

Resisting arrest
Released on $500.00 unsecured bond.

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