WILMINGTON, DE—Even with the Federal Government, sometimes numbers add up – well not too often as spending nearly a billion dollars on the Obamacare website was a real math problem – but federal prosecutors report that four bozos are heading to prison after three joined the previous one in a Wilmington heroin ring in entering guilty pleas.
Aaron Cephas, 33, of Wilmington, Del., Dashawn Broomer, 20, of Claymont, Del., and Andre Green, 20, of Claymont, Del., pled guilty Feb. 23, 2015 to conspiring to distribute heroin in Wilmington, Del., announced Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware.
This case is the result of a year-long Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) investigation into these men, who ran a heroin trafficking organization based in Wilmington. The investigation culminated in a one-and-a-half-month long wiretap investigation involving the interception of three telephones—one used by Cephas, one used by Broomer, and one used by Green.
Co-conspirator Joshua Cirwithian, 28, of Wilmington, Del., previously pled guilty to the same conspiracy charge on December 22, 2014. All defendants remain in custody pending their sentencing hearings. Cirwithian’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 23, 2015. Cephas’, Broomer’s, and Green’s sentencing hearings are scheduled for June 10, 2015.
According to the indictment and other court records filed in support of today’s guilty pleas, Cephas, Broomer, and Green were arrested on June 27, 2014. At that time, pursuant to a federal warrant, Broomer’s residence in Claymont, Del. was searched. Detectives found over 900 bags of heroin, a loaded handgun, and over $28,500 in cash. Cirwithian has been incarcerated since February 24, 2014, when he was arrested in a car in Virginia with a loaded handgun and approximately $65,000 in cash.
Cephas and Broomer face a maximum penalty of 40 years’ imprisonment (with a mandatory minimum of five years), up to a lifetime of supervised release (with a mandatory minimum of four years), a fine of up to $5,000,000, and a $100 special assessment. Green and Cirwithian face a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment, up to a lifetime of supervised release (with a mandatory minimum of three years), a fine of up to $1,000,000, and a $100 special assessment.
The case is the product of an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) Violent Crime Task Force, which is part of the New Castle County HIDTA, a recently established collaborative effort among federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The FBI Violent Crime Task Force includes members from the following agencies: FBI, Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police Department, Delaware State Probation and Parole, and the Delaware Attorney General’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Shawn A. Weede and Special Assistant United States Attorney Elizabeth L. Van Pelt are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A DNA match has led the arrest of a man from Bear in a 2003 rape case.
On Friday Wilmington Police Detectives arrested and charged 23 year-old Joshua Cirwithi with two counts of Rape First Degree and one count of Kidnapping First Degree stemming from an incident that occurred in July 2003.
The incident was reported to Wilmington Police on July 31st. The victim, who at the time was 18, told Wilmington Police Detectives that she was attending a Kung Fu Demonstration in the gymnasium at Bancroft School located in the 700 block of N. Lombard Street. According to the victim, she encountered the suspect in the hallway of the school, who then forced her into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. …MORE