MILLSBORO, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested two men on drug charges this week following an investigation into the distribution of illegal drugs.
On Thursday, members of the Sussex Drug Unit, Sussex Governor’s Task Force, and the Special Operations Response Team executed search warrants involving 54-year-old Darrin Sheppard and 49-year-old Bryan Broughton following a drug investigation. Sheppard was seen leaving his residence in the 26000 block of Portside Lane in Rehoboth Shores, and enter a 2020 Jeep.
As he drove onto Long Neck Road, officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, in which they already had a pre-authorized search warrant. During the search, officers found Sheppard in possession of drug paraphernalia and more than $300 in suspected drug money. He was subsequently taken into custody.
A search warrant was then executed at his residence, resulting in the recovery of 20,280 bags of heroin (approximately 141.96 grams), a revolver handgun, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.
Officers then responded to Broughtown’s residence in the 2500 block of Berry Bramble Falls in Millsboro to execute a pre-authorized search warrant. During this search, a loaded Glock 23 .40 caliber gun, approximately 60.25 grams of cocaine, 342 bags of heroin (approximately 2.39 grams), approximately 5.56 grams of marijuana, a crossbow, 25 rounds of ammunition, and more than $16,000 in suspected drug money were located. Broughton was also taken into custody as a result.
Sheppard was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a tier 3 quantity, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, possession of a deadly weapon by person who also possesses controlled substance, and second degree conspiracy. He was held at SCI on $65,000 cash only bond.
Broughton was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a tier 3 quantity, possession of a firearm/destructive weapon if previously convicted of a violent felony, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited prior violent crime or felony, second degree conspiracy, and possession of marijuana. He was held at SCI on $77,100 cash only bond.