Police: Del. heroin bust was largest in department history

Police said drugs, firearms and cash were recovered during a crackdown along the Lancaster Pike corridor.

Police in New Castle County said they’ve recorded the largest single seizure of heroin in the department’s history.

Officers confiscated a total of 13,558 bags of heroin weighing about 338 grams from two units at the Silver Springs Apartments in Wilmington, according to authorities. Investigators pegged the street value of the drugs to be around $41,600.

About $24,000 in cash was also recovered, investigators said.

Police said the seizure was the culmination of an investigation launched in May 2013 by detectives with the New Castle County Drug Control Squad.

A task force last Thursday executed five search warrants at the Silver Springs Apartment complex, the Dorjul Apartments and the Edgemoor Gardens development.

Police said the search also turned up three weapons, one of which was reported stolen from Pennsylvania. A total of 11 suspects were arrested and jailed on bail ranging from $500 to $380,000.

Investigators said a five-day, multijurisdictional operation to address quality-of-life issues along the Lancaster Pike corridor yielded more arrests and narcotics confiscations.

Officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies arrested 28 people and seized an additional 412 bags of heroin, according to police.

Officers also recovered one weapon, 24.79 grams of cocaine, 176.67 grams of marijuana and 33.5 doses of miscellaneous pills, police said.

Participating agencies included the New Castle County Police Department, the Wilmington Police Department, the Delaware State Police, the U.S. Marshals, the FBI, the DEA, the Attorney General’s Office and the Delaware Army National Guard.

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