By Tony E. Windsor

The Seaford Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division as honored as part of the annual police department’s awards banquet held on Thursday, March 31. CID officers Sgt. Chris Miller, Master Cpl. Eric Chambers, Sgt. A. Matthews Mills and Cpl. Tyler Justice were recognized with a “Unit Citation” for their performance during 2020.

Awarded the 2021 “Unit Citation” were (left to right): Seaford Police Chief Marshall Craft, Deputy Chief Michael Rapa, Pfc. Joan Clare Nanola, Pfc. Dalton Willey and Pfc. Troy Ruark, Seaford Vice-Mayor Dan Henderson and Mayor David Genshaw. Photo courtesy of the Seaford Police Department

During 2020, the CID resolved 25 cold case rape investigations in addition to one rape case solved when the suspect was identified as an incarcerated man. The division handled five shooting incidents, including a drive by shooting on Pine Street, resulting in two arrests; and a shooting at Meadowbridge Apartments, where there was no one willing to provide information to police.

A shooting was also investigated on Collins Avenue where two people were shot and an arrest was made. Two people shot each other in an incident at the intersection of North and Clarence Streets and there was another shooting where one person was wounded on North Street. Police were unable to get the victim to cooperate with the investigation.

Other recognition of officers with the CID include:

• Feb. 8, 2020, Det. Chambers investigated an endangering the welfare of a child case, where it was determined that a young child had ingested marijuana at his father’s residence. Chambers obtained a search warrant for the residence and the search revealed a 380 caliber handgun, a 9mm handgun, a 40 caliber handgun, and an AR-15 rifle. Five grams of marijuana and 12.2 grams of THC vape liquid was also discovered in the residence. The suspect in this case pled guilty and all guns and drugs were forfeited.

• Detectives investigated a robbery at the Game Stop store, on U.S. 13, which occurred on Jan. 23, 2020. The suspects were identified after committing a similar robbery in another community and were taken into custody in New Jersey. 

• On Feb. 20, 2020, after several months of investigation and surveillance, a search warrant was executed at the Lucky Wellness Center, located at 120 N. Cannon St., Seaford. During the initial investigation, two undercover officers visited the business and were solicited for sexual acts in exchange for cash. During the search warrant, the masseuse who was offering sexual favors for cash was identified. She was interviewed and subsequently arrested for two counts of sexual solicitation and two counts of operating without a massage license.

Receiving the “Unit Citation” for 2021 were officers Pfc. Troy Ruark, Pfc. Dalton Willey, and Pfc. Joan Clare Nanola. Among the efforts demonstrated by the officers in 2021, were:

• On Sept. 23, 2021, the three officers acted on a tip that had been received earlier in the evening regarding a known drug dealer who was selling drugs in the area in East Seaford. The officers concentrated patrol efforts in the East Seaford area and located the suspect operating a vehicle in the area of the Royal Farms on High St. A computer check revealed that the suspect was wanted on an active capias, so a traffic stop was conducted. A female passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 2.1 grams of methamphetamine, two grams of crack cocaine and 68 bags of heroin. The arrest resulted in the the suspect being charged with felony level drug dealing charges and the vehicle was seized. The vehicle was later forfeited to the Seaford Police Department.

• On Dec. 21, 2021, the officers initiated a drug investigation targeting a known drug dealer and validated “Bloods” gang member. Officers learned that the suspect would be in the area of the intersection of Market and Third Streets to deliver a quantity of heroin. Officers intercepted the suspect when he arrived at the location. He was found to be in possession of 50 bags of heroin and one gram of crack cocaine. The suspect was charged with felony level drug dealing charges.