Southern Delaware
State police bust Milton drug ring

MILTON — Delaware State Police Sussex County Drug Unit arrested Friday five people after the culmination of a several-month joint investigation with Milton Police into dealing illegal drugs in the town of Milton.

On Friday, at approximately 6:07 a.m., the Sussex County Drug Unit, with the assistance of the Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, Milton Police Department, and Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Bennett Street, Milton.

Police said Colby Hopkins, Andrew J. Reed, Zachary W. Caras, Rick L. Barth, Robert H. Baynum, and Tiffany Sahutsky were all taken into custody at the residence without incident.

Mr. Hopkins, 24, was found to be in possession of approximately four bags of suspected heroin totaling approximately .1 gram, 3 grams of marijuana, two suboxone strips, and one suboxone pill along with drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Reed, 24, was found to be in possession of two bags of heroin totaling approximately .05 grams and other drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Caras, 23; Mr. Barth, 26, and Mr. Baynum, 28, were all in possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located a 12-gauge shotgun, numerous items of drug paraphernalia as well as over $1,400 in suspected drug proceeds.

The investigation also led detectives to search a storage bin located in the Lewes area where an additional 104 individual bags of suspected heroin totaling approximately 2.6 grams were recovered.

Mr. Hopkins was arrested for possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, and drug araphernalia. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed on $2,250 secured bond.

Mr. Reed was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $3,000 unsecured bond.

Mr. Caras, Mr. Barth and Mr. Baynum were issued criminal summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mr. Caras was released pending a hearing at a later date.

Mr. Barth and Mr. Baynum were committed to the V.O.P. center in Georgetown by Probation and Parole Officers assigned to GTF for Violation of Probation.

Ms. Sahutsky was taken to Sussex County Court of Common Pleas on a capias and released after the arraignment.