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  • One Sought, Four Charged, After Route 1 Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Gun Seizure

  • Horace Johnson, 20, of Newark, still sought for incident
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    • Defendants, Charges, and Bail Information:

      Marques Purnell, 30, of Newark:
      Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
      Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity
      Conspiracy Second Degree...

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      Defendants, Charges, and Bail Information:

      Marques Purnell, 30, of Newark:

      Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

      Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity

      Conspiracy Second Degree

      Conspiracy Third Degree

      Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

      Driving while Suspended or Revoked

      Speeding

      Released on $16,301 unsecured bail.



      Jermaine Durrant, 28, of New York, NY

      Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

      Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity

      Conspiracy Second Degree

      Conspiracy Third Degree

      Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

      Released on $16,200 unsecured bail.



      Kevon Walters, 23, of Bronx, NY:

      Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance

      Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity

      Conspiracy Second Degree

      Committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $15,000 secured bail.



      Amanda Haden, 20, of Wilmington:

      Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity

      Conspiracy Second Degree

      Committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institute on $4,000 secured bond.

  • Delaware State Troopers are searching for a Newark man after a traffic stop lead to a drug and gun seizure.
    The investigation began on Feb. 26 shortly before 3:00 p.m. when two Troopers patrolling Delaware Route 1 observed a speeding 2013 Dodge Avenger. The Troopers stopped the vehicle on Route 1 southbound, north of the Scarborough Road exit.
    After determining that the driver, Marques Purnell, 30, of Newark, had a suspended driver's license, the Troopers searched the vehicle and found a bag containing 454 grams of marijuana and a digital scale. Purnell and his passenger, Jermaine Durrant, 28, of New York, NY, were both taken into custody and transported to Troop 2.
    Hours later detectives from the Troop 2 Drug Unit executed a search warrant at Purnell's residence in the unit block of Greenridge Road in Newark. As they approached they observed a 1996 Nissan Maxima leaving the house. Troopers tried to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle but it fled at a high speed. The car pulled into a parking lot and the driver fled on foot. Troopers did not catch the driver, but were able to identify him as Horace Johnson, 20, a resident of the house on Greenridge Road.
    After the occupants of the Greenridge Road home refused to answer the door, detectives made a forced entry and located Kevon Walters, 23, Amanda Haden, 20, and another female. A search of the residence resulted in the recovery of approximately 11 pounds of marijuana, 56 bags (1.4 grams) of heroin, a sawed-off shotgun, cash, and drug paraphernalia.
    Purnell, Durrant, Walters, and Haden were charged with drug crimes. Purnell and Durrant were released on unsecured bail. Walters and Haden were committed to the Department of Corrections on secured bail.
    Detectives have obtained a warrant for Johnson's arrest on drug and weapons charges. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call the Troop 2 Drug Unit at 302-834-2630 extension 304. The public can also utilize the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."
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