69 arrested along Maryland Avenue

Maryland Avenue west of Wilmington (Photo: Google maps)

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (9/16/2017)  A joint police operation along Maryland Avenue west of Wilmington netted 69 arrests this week, authorities said this morning.

Delaware State Police said the operation Monday and Tuesday also involved New Castle County, Wilmington and Newport officers, as well as state Probation and Parole officers.

“The operation targeted the Maryland Avenue corridor in response to numerous citizen complaints of prostitution and other quality of life crimes that have been occurring in the area,” Master Cpl. Jeffery Hale said.

He said those arrested were charged with 43 criminal or pedestrian offenses including prostitution, drug and weapons charges. Some also were found to be wanted by various Delaware courts. The officers also seized 8 grams of powder cocaine, 1.9 grams of heroin. 5.7 grams of marijuana, .74 grams of crack cocaine, $2672 in suspected drug sale proceeds, a .22 caliber handgun and a pellet gun.

Delaware State Police Superintendent Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr., said “This operation is just another example of how the cooperation of multiple law enforcement agencies can go a long way in combating crime which will only increase the quality of life for the communities we serve. These results would not have been achieved without the cooperation of numerous agencies including the New Castle County police, Wilmington police, Newport police, Department of Corrections and the Justice of the Peace Courts.”

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