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Search Warrant Leads to Arrest of Three and Recovery of Drugs and Stolen Gun

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The Delaware State Police have arrested three people on numerous felony gun and narcotics charges following a several-month-long drug dealing investigation.

On the morning of January 19, 2023, members of the Sussex County Drug Unit, Sussex County Governor’s Task Force, and Special Operations Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence on the 10000 block of Rifle Range Road in Bridgeville. When troopers entered the home they saw Christopher Viruet running away from a bedroom. Viruet was taken into custody without incident in a second bedroom. Troopers also arrested Patricia Griffis and Jesus Torres inside of the house without incident.

A search of the home led to the discovery of the following:  Approximately 4.095 grams of suspected heroin, Approximately 57.11 grams of cocaine, Approximately 10.41 grams of crack cocaine, a loaded Glock handgun that had been altered to fire on fully automatic, reported as stolen in September 2021 by Federalsburg Police Department in Maryland, Numerous rounds of ammunition and over $2,700 in suspected drug dealing proceeds.

The residence was occupied by a 13-year-old boy and 10-year-old boy at the time. The two children were safely turned over to a relative.

Viruet, Griffis, and Torres were taken to Troop 4 and charged with the following crimes:

Christopher Viruet, 28, of Bridgeville, Delaware: Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 3 Quantity (Felony), Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony), Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 2 Quantity (Felony), Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (Felony), Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony), Possession of a Destructive Weapon (Felony), Receiving a Stolen Firearm (Felony), Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child – 2 counts, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Viruet was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $177,000 cash bond.

Patricia Griffis, 41, of Bridgeville, Delaware: Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 3 Quantity (Felony), Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (Felony), Maintaining a Drug Property (Felony), Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child – 2 counts, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Griffis was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $49,500 cash bond.

Jesus Torres, 32, of Dover, Delaware: Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 3 Quantity (Felony), Conspiracy Second Degree (Felony), Endangering the Welfare of a Child – 2 counts, Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2 counts and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Torres was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $43,500 cash bond.

Source: Delaware State Police Newsroom

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