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Wilmington vice and gang investigation leads to the arrest of eight including validated gang members

Police have arrested eight individuals in multiple events concluding a 6-month investigation (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)
Police have arrested eight individuals in multiple events concluding a 6-month investigation (Port City Daily/Mark Darrough)

WILMINGTON — A six-month-long investigation headed up by the Wilmington Police Department’s gang and vice divisions led to eight different individuals facing a number of drug-related charges.

“On Wednesday [of last week], members of the Gang and Vice Unit executed a search warrant at 313 N. 30th Street and arrested 26-year-old, Alphonso McClendon. Police seized 36 grams of raw heroin, 109 bags of packaged heroin, .35 grams of cocaine and 107 grams of marijuana,” according to a WPD press release.

The next day members of the Gang Unit along with SWAT Team executed a warrant at 1006 Orange Street.

During the warrant, police, “arrested 19-year-old Shyion Jennings, 29-year-old, Jacques Lamarche and 56-year-old, Larry Richardson. Detectives seized two firearms, crack cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy and drug paraphernalia,” according to the release.

“On Friday Gang and Vice Detectives ended a six-month investigation and executed a search warrant at 3810 River Front Place. During the search, police seized 792 grams of raw heroin, 22 bags of packaged heroin and over $17,000 in cash. The amount of raw heroin seized would have produced about 40,000 bags of heroin to sell on the street. Detectives arrested three validated gang members, 30-year-old, Darion Graham, 23-year-old Kayla Jackson and 26-year-old Qwanell Ruffin,” according to WPD.

The individual charges are as follows:

Alphonso McClendon

  • Trafficking heroin
  • PWISD heroin- 2 counts
  • Sell/Deliver heroin
  • Maintaining a dwelling for the use of controlled substances- 2 counts
  • Felony possession of marijuana
  • PWISD Marijuana

Shyion Jennings19  Validated Gang Member

  • Possession of Marijuana
  • PWISD Schedule 1, MDMA,
  • M/S/D/P controlled substance 1000’ of school,
  • M/S/D/P controlled substance 1000’ of park.

D’andre Harper – 30

  • Sell/Deliver cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine
  • M/S/D/P controlled substance 1000’ of school
  • Possession of firearm by convicted felon
  • Possession of drug  paraphernalia
  • PWISD cocaine
  • M/S/D/P controlled substance 1000’ of park

Jacques Lamarche- 29 

  • Possession Cocaine

Larry Richardson- 56

  • Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances.

Darion Graham – 30 Validated gang member

  • Trafficking heroin by possession-2 counts
  • Trafficking heroin by manufacturing
  • PWISD heroin- 2 counts
  • Conspiracy to traffic heroin
  • Sell/deliver heroin
  • Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances
  • Hinder and delay

Kayla Jackson – 23

  • Trafficking heroin by possession
  • Trafficking heroin by manufacturing
  • Conspiracy to traffic heroin- 2 counts
  • PWISD heroin
  • Maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances

Qwanell Ruffin – 26 Validated gang member

  • Sell/ deliver heroin- 8 counts
  • PWISD heroin- 8 counts
  • Maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances- 7 counts

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