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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna woman taken into custody during New Castle drug bust

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  • A 19-year-old Smyrna woman was arrested Tuesday following a drug bust in New Castle by the Safe Streets Task Force.
    The New Castle County Police Safe Streets Task Force has arrested three subjects after police conducted an administrative search of a home and found two male subjects in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.
    Members of the Safe Streets Task Force received information Tuesday that there was possible drug activity occurring at a home in the unit block of Briarcliff Drive, in New Castle, and an individual who is an active probationer was living at the residence. After officers obtained permission for an administrative search they responded to the residence and once inside, they came in contact with seven individuals.
    Police also received information that a subject, identified as James Humphrey, 30, of New Castle, was possibly inside the home and was wanted by Superior Court for violating his probation. When officers arrived at the residence, they contacted Humphrey as he was sleeping on a mattress that was on the floor within the home. Police said they found a bag of heroin, a piece of crack cocaine, and a knotted sandwich bag containing 22 Clonazepam tablets, next to Humphrey. Officers also allegedly located a small amount of marijuana on a cabinet, which was next to the mattress. Other evidence was also discovered that was related to the sale of crack cocaine and pills.
    Inside one of the bedrooms, officers found a male subject, later identified as Bobby Taylor, 30, of New Castle, and a female subject, later identified as Danaesha Wilson, 19, of Smyrna. At that time, police said officers discovered Taylor was in possession of a knotted sandwich bag that contained marijuana, and two bags of crack cocaine. He was also allegedly in possession of over $500 of suspected drug money. A computer check confirmed that Humphrey had a capias issued by Superior Court and that Wilson had outstanding capiases that were issued by various Justice of the Peace courts.
    A short time later, Cpl. Steven Donahue and his canine partner "Monty" responded to assist the officers and conducted a money sniff, which yielded a positive indication for the presence of a controlled dangerous substance. Officers then seized $583 in suspected drug money.
    Humphrey was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of clonazepam. An administrative warrant was also issued for violating his probation. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $11,500 secured bail.
    Taylor was charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was arraigned and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute after failing to post $5,500 secured bail.
    Wilson was taken into custody on her outstanding capiases. An administrative warrant was also issued for violating her probation. She was arraigned and after failing to post her bail, was committed to the Delores J. Baylor Correctional Institute.
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