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  • Two Smyrna men arrested in Kent County heroin investigation

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  • An investigation into large-scale heroin dealing in northern Kent County has resulted in the arrest of three, including two Smyrna men, and the seizure of a large amount of drugs and cash.
    Detectives from the Delaware State Police Kent County and New Castle County Drug Units, the Kent County Governor's Task Force, along with members of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Dover Police Department, and Milford Police Department, have been conducting a four-month investigation into Ronald Beal, 42, of New Castle.
    Police said during this operation, investigators learned Beal was allegedly a main source of heroin for northern Kent County. He allegedly sold bags stamped "Detour," which had an average weight of five times the usual bag of heroin. Detectives determined Beal was transporting these large amounts of heroin from Newark, New Jersey to Delaware on a weekly basis, police said.
    During this investigation, detectives observed Beal allegedly selling over 70 grams of heroin on four separate occasions before the day he was apprehended.
    Police said Beal was apprehended Aug. 29 in Smyrna after engaging in another drug transaction. This arrest resulted in the seizure of an additional 69.7 grams of heroin packaged for sale, 46 separate bags of cocaine with a combined weight of 9.8 grams, 26 prescription pills, one gram of marijuana, and $4,885.
    As part of this investigation, police said detectives determined heroin was allegedly being sold by two associates of Beal: James M. Burkholder, 33, and Charles T. Kozur, 47; both men live in Smyrna.
    Police said Burkholder and Kozur allegedly sold heroin from their residence. Kozur also allegedly acted as a liaison between Beal and his customers.
    Beal was arrested on Aug. 29 and charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity, eight counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts of second-degree conspiracy, possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana, and six counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $218,000 secured bail.
    Police said Kozur and Burkholder were arrested today, Sept. 6. Burkholder was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $4,700 secured bail.
    Kozur was charged with seven counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, three counts of second-degree conspiracy, and seven counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $236,000 cash bail.

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