Those arrested include Ashley Clay of Dover, Jeremy Howard of Magnolia and Zachary Morris of Clayton

A Dover woman, identified as 32-year-old Ashley Clay, was arrested last week on drug charges by Smyrna police investigating a shoplifting incident.

Jeremy Howard, 38, of Magnolia and Zachary Morris, 20, of Clayton, also were arrested according to Smyrna Police Department spokesman Cpl. Brian M. Donner.

The case began at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 after police were sent to the local Acme store to investigate a shoplifting incident. Store employees told police the suspects had driven over to the nearby Dollar General store, Donner said.

Officers found Clay inside the store carrying a number of stolen items, then approached Howard and Morris, who were in the vehicle. A search turned up 11.1 grams of methamphetamine as well as 240 bags of heroin, Donner added.

All three are charged with manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (more than 10 grams), second-degree conspiracy, possession of a controlled or counterfeit substance and possession of drug paraphernalia not related to personal use of marijuana.

In addition, Clay was charged with two counts of shoplifting, Donner said; both she and Howard also were found to be wanted on numerous charges out of several Delaware courts.

Clay was committed to the state Department of Correction in lieu of a $15,500 secured bond, while Howard and Morris are confined in lieu of a $14,500 secured bond.