DOVER (DE): In response to complaints of damaged state property, illegal drug use, littering, and trespassing on DNREC owned properties, DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers over the Memorial Day weekend issued a total of 71 citations as part of an evening crime prevention operation throughout Kent County. The operation targeted state-owned wildlife areas, ponds, and fishing and boating access areas managed by the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police also said ongoing operations are intended to curb illegal activities on Division of Fish & Wildlife-managed properties throughout the state.
In response to the enforcement, Cassidy M. Sawyer, 19, of Leipsic, was arrested May 26, and charged with one count each of: possession or consumption of marijuana by an 18 to 21-year-old, personal use quantity; possession or consumption of heroin; and possession of drug paraphernalia not marijuana-related at Port Mahon near Dover. Sawyer was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where she was released on $751 unsecured bond, pending a future court date.
Citations issued during the operation included: 37 citations issued for trespassing after hours; eight drug-related offenses, including the case noted; 21 fishing violations; and four boating violations. Citations were issued at Woodland Beach fishing pier, Bowers Beach boat ramp, Port Mahon boat ramp and fishing pier near Dover, Cedar Creek boat ramp and fishing area near Slaughter Beach, Haven Lake boat ramp and Blairs Pond boat ramp near Milford, Mud Mill Pond west of Dover, Wyoming Mill Pond, and Coursey Pond and McGinnis Pond both near Frederica.