Burglary investigation leads to arrest of three men for drugs, stolen gun

Police found guns and drugs during a recent arrest in Magnolia. Special to The Chronicle

Police found guns and drugs during a recent arrest in Magnolia. Special to The Chronicle

MAGNOLIA – Three men were arrested by Delaware State Police after a burglary investigation led to drugs and a stolen gun, according to officials.

With the assistance of the Kent County Drug Task Force (DTF) and Kent County Governor’s Task Force (GTF), Troop 3 Criminal Investigations Unit responded to a residence in the 100 block of Terry Drive April 14 around 7 p.m. to conduct a search warrant of the residence for items that were alleged to have been stolen in a December 2015 burglary.

Upon their arrival, William J. Preston, 28 of Magnolia, and Keith J. Maye, 29 of Frederica, were standing outside of the house in the driveway.

Upon seeing the detectives arrive at the house, William Preston ran to the rear of the residence and was observed kneeling down as if to discard something behind the trailer.  May also attempted to flee, but both were quickly taken into custody without further incident.

Upon checking the area where William Preston was kneeling, detectives recovered 247 bags of heroin weighing 3.705 grams.  Maye was found to be in possession of 60 bags of heroin weighing .9 grams.  The search warrant of the house revealed a television that was reported stolen in a burglary to a residence at nearby Henry Drive in which William Preston was linked.

Prior to the detectives arriving at the home, undercover troopers made a controlled purchase of heroin from William’s brother, 29-year-old David Preston of Magnolia, while he was standing across the street near some parked vehicles.

David Preston fled the area upon seeing the detectives arriving at the house and a computer check of the two vehicles he was standing near while conducting the drug transaction revealed they were registered to him.  Investigators had the two cars towed back to Troop 3 in Camden where search warrants were obtained.

The Ford Crown Victoria contained 7 bags of heroin weighing .105 grams, .33 grams of marijuana, 5 rounds of 9mm ammunition and one assault rifle magazine (clip) were all located within the car.

Located in the Chevrolet Impala was a Bushmaster .223 caliber assault rifle, a fully loaded Stag Arms .223 caliber assault rifle and a Mossberg 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun that was confirmed stolen from a residence in Bridgeville back in 2002.

William Preston

William Preston

Keith Maye

Keith Maye

David Preston

David Preston

William Preston and Keith Maye were transported back to Troop 3 where William Preston was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Tampering with Physical Evidence, Resisting Arrest, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Burglary 2nd, Conspiracy 2nd, Theft Under $1500 and Criminal Mischief.  He was arraigned at JP2 and was released after posting $14,600.00 secured bond.

Keith Maye was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP2 and released after posting $2,750.00 secured bond.

Detectives received information April 18 that David Preston was at a residence on Woodville Drive, Magnolia.  Troopers and Probation and Parole Officer assigned to the GTF responded to the house and upon their arrival, David Preston was seen running into the home.

A Probation and Parole Officer gave chase and was able to capture Preston in a back room without further incident.  A search of the room revealed 9.13 grams of raw heroin, 1.094 grams of packaged heroin, .18 grams of powder cocaine, .75 grams of crack cocaine and 33.84 grams of marijuana.

David Preston was transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where he was charged with six counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Possession of a Weapon with an Obliterated Serial Number, receiving a Stolen Firearm, three counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, two counts of Possession of Heroin, two counts of Possession of Cocaine, Resisting Arrest, and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $172,000.00 cash bond.

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