Cape Gazette

Milton drug bust nets five arrests

By Melissa Steele | Jan 15, 2013
Source: Delaware State Police Colby Hopkins, left, and Andrew Reed face drug charges following a Milton investigation.

Five men face charges following an investigation into drug activity in Milton.

Delaware State Police, Milton police, the Sussex County Drug Unit and Sussex County Governor's Task Force conducted an investigation over several months and on Jan. 11 executed a search warrant at a home in the 600 block of Bennett Street, said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.

Police arrested Colby Hopkins, 24, of Milton; Andrew J. Reed, 24, of Harbeson; Zachary W. Caras, 23, of Lewes; Rick L. Barth, 28, of Milton; and Robert H. Baynum, 26, of Milton.

Police found about four bags of heroin weighing .1 gram, 3 grams of marijuana, two suboxone strips, one suboxone pill and drug paraphernalia on Hopkins. Reed had two bags of heroin weighing .05 grams along with drug paraphernalia; Caras, Barth and Baynum had drug paraphernalia, Fournier said.

Inside the home, police found a 12-gauge shotgun, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,400 in cash. Police also searched a storage bin in the Lewes area containing 104 individual bags of suspected heroin weighing about 2.6 grams, Fournier said.

Hopkins was charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule III controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $2,250 secured bond.

Reed was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $3,000 unsecured bond.

Caras, Barth and Baynum were issued criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia. Caras was released pending a hearing at a later date. Barth and Baynum were committed to the Violation of Parole center in Georgetown.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Dave Frederick | Jan 16, 2013 10:05

The low bail money figure is all the proof needed to know that society is overburdened by this problem and is not even interested in warehousing these nickel/dimers

Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Jan 17, 2013 08:00

Agreed Dave. My question is how much in resources did the Sussex County Drug Unit, the Governor's Task Force, along with State Police, and Milton police were used to arrest nickel/dimers? Shouldn't we be using our resources to put the suppliers out of business? BTW, the shotgun listed is perfectly legal unless it was stolen. Of course listing a gun helps justify the means.

Posted by: Peter Brennan | Jan 18, 2013 22:16

Dave and Barry are correct. Several months of man hours = thousands of dollars spent on police. Not to mention the future court and corrections costs. This is much ado about nothing, but it looks good in the news and keeps the 'war on drugs' machine oiled. One  paper clip weighs about a gram. It's not a worthwhile drug bust unless the weights are in the ounces.  

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