Eights key suspects involved in the sale of illegal drugs in the Lincoln Street area were arrested, while 31 other suspects were charged with crimes ranging from weapons violations to loitering and littering.

A collaborative effort lasting nearly one year by the entire Smyrna Police Department has resulted in the arrest of 39 suspects for charges related to an open-air drug market and quality-of-life issues in the Lincoln Street area.

Key suspects involved in the sale of illegal drugs were identified and arrested, said Cpl. Brian Donner, Smyrna police public information officer.

Officers employed a zero-tolerance approach to all crimes and violations, resulting in the arrest of several more suspects for less serious crimes.

During the investigation, Smyrna police were aided by Dover police and the Kent County Paramedics.

The following suspects were charged for the sale of illegal drugs:

Mark Lawrence, 59, of Smyrna, charged with manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a tier two quantity (cocaine and crack cocaine), possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a drug property, four counts of possession of a prescription drug, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; initially committed to the Department of Correction then released pending a future court hearing.

Mahalon L. Mears, 63, of Smyrna, charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier one quantity (crack cocaine); initially committed to the Department of Correction then released pending a future court hearing.

Donte L. Fuller, 32, of Smyrna, charged with manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and possession of drug paraphernalia; released on unsecured bond pending a future court hearing.

Maurice M. Plummer, 33, of Wilmington, charged with manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and criminal trespassing; committed to Department of Correction then released pending a future court hearing.

Norman S. Watson, 48, of Smyrna, charged with tampering with physical evidence, maintaining a drug property, manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine and heroin) and second-degree conspiracy; released pending a future court hearing.

Anthony “Reese” Wayman, 32, of Smyrna, charged with two counts of manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine), tampering with physical evidence, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, offensive touching and criminal trespassing; committed to Department of Correction in lieu of bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Dimitri Sudler, 40, of Felton, charged with counts of delivery of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia; released pending a future court hearing.

Brandon Evans, 36, of Smyrna, wanted on charges of manufacturing, delivering, or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and possession of a controlled substance.

During the investigation, officers seized two motor vehicles, two firearms, $3,122.75, 0.294 grams of heroin, 11 grams of powder cocaine, 32.87 grams of crack-cocaine and 92.55 grams of marijuana.

Donner said 31 other suspects were arrested or warrants were issued for their arrest during this investigation for crimes ranging from firearms offenses and possession of drugs to littering and loitering.

"The Smyrna Police Department will continue to have a zero tolerance approach towards drug dealing and quality of life issues and encourages the public to report them immediately," Donner said.