Auto Window Tint Leads to Heroin Dealer Bust

Illegally dark tinted windows drew police attention to a vehicle they say later turned out to be carrying 2,339 sale-ready bags of heroin.

How dark were the windows?

The windows were so dark, Wilmington Police Department Cpl. Jamaine Crawford said “officers had to tap on the window in order to make contact with the operator.”

Officers were on routine patrol when they stopped the vehicle because of the window tint at 11:21 a.m. Friday in the 2400 block of N. West St., Crawford said.

The officers checked the vehicle registration and learned it did not have an exemption to allow the tinting to be darker than normally allowed by law, he said.

After the driver finally rolled down the window, he said, she was unable to produce a driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

Officers observed heroin while talking with the suspect, Crawford said. The driver was removed from the vehicle and arrested, he added.

The packages ultimately proved to hold a total of 46.78 grams of heroin with an estimated street-sale value of $31,600, Crawford said.

Shawnette M. Valentine, 22, of the 200 block of Concord Ave. in Wilmington, was charged with the highest-quantity category of possession of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle with improper window tinting and failure to carry a driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

She later was released after posting $16,500 secured bail, Crawford said.


Three Kent County Residents Face Drug Charges for Growing Marijuana in Viola and Milford

Kent County, Del.  —  Three Kent County residents are facing drug charges after police reportedly found them growing marijuana in Viola and the Milford area.

Following a several months long investigation into marijuana manufacturing, officers with the Kent County Drug Unit and Dover Police Department raided a home in the 100 block of Lynch Road, north of Milford, about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

While searching the home, police found 16 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, totaling 700 grams, in an enclosed bedroom, as well as electronic manufacturing and indoor growing equipment and drug paraphernalia.

George L. Porter, a 29-year-old Milford-area resident, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He later was released on an $8,500 unsecured bond.

About 1 p.m. the same day, police conducted a second raid at a home in the 100 block of South Main Street in Viola, where they found more than 150 marijuana plants, totaling 8,100 grams, in various rooms and the attic. Electronic manufacturing and indoor growing equipment, as well as drug paraphernalia, also was seized, Fournier said.

During the Viola raid, police arrested residents Christopher J. Thompson, 25, and Cornelio A. Vidro, 29.

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Each is charged with possession of marijuana in a Tier 5 quantity, manufacturing marijuana, conspiracy and drug paraphernalia.

Thompson is being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna on a $32,500 secured bond, while Vidro was released on a $42,500 unsecured bond, Fournier said.