Over 2,000 bags of Heroin seized, two charged in Bridgeville drug investigation

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(Left to Right) 37-year-old Howard F. Green & 57-year-old Sandra Waples, both of Bridgeville, DE.

The Delaware State Police have arrested two suspects after a search warrant in Bridgeville led to the seizure of more than 2,000 bags of heroin, multiple firearms, and other drugs.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, on Wednesday, August 21, members of the Sussex Drug Unit (SDU) concluded a two month drug investigation into 37-year-old Howard F. Green IV, of Bridgeville.

SDU, with the assistance of the Sussex Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), executed a search and seizure warrant at Green’s residence in the unit block of Laverty Lane in Bridgeville.

When authorities arrived at the residence they witnessed Green trying to escape the residence through a rear window, according to police. Also in the home, was the lease holder, 57-year-old Sandra Waples and two children ages 7 and 8.

The following items were located in Green’s bedroom: 2,008 bags (14.056 grams) of Heroin, 9mm handgun containing a magazine loaded with eight rounds of ammunition, box of 50 count 9mm ammunition containing 42 additional rounds, over $24,000 in suspected drug proceeds, drug paraphernalia, and 1.84 grams of marijuana.

Detectives then responded to a second residence occupied by Green, located in the 22000 block of Eskridge Road in Seaford. A consent to search this residence was provided and police seized a 9mm handgun and drug paraphernalia.

A computer inquiry revealed that Green was prohibited from possessing a firearm and/or ammunition.

Green was charged with Possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, Possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a Tier 4 quantity, Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by Person Prohibited (2 counts), Criminal Contempt of a Domestic Violence Protective Order, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (2 counts), Unlawfully Dealing with a Child (2 counts), Possession of a Firearm Within 10 Years of Prior Conviction, and Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $92,500.00 cash only bond.

Waples was also arrested and charged with Maintaining a Drug Property and Possession of Marijuana. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.