A tip from an informant led to the arrest of an accused drug dealer and a record seizure in Salisbury earlier this month.
After receiving the tip February 4, investigators from the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Unit, along with the Gang and Narcotics Task Forces, conducted a traffic stop on 29-year-old Kevin Dykes of Salisbury. During the stop, officers say they found marijuana and a one kilogram (2.2-pound) uncut "brick" of cocaine in his Pontiac Bonneville, which was taken as evidence. They got a search warrant for his home, and found more drugs and some cash inside. On February 12, investigators say they conducted another search at a farm off Forest Grove Road in Salisbury, and that's where they say they found the bulk of the marijuana and cash. All told, seven and a half pounds of pot and $550,000 in cash believed to be from drug deals, were seized. Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says that amount of money is the largest ever seized in county history. The FBI and the DEA had to be brought in to seize bank accounts police say Dykes used to deposit the money from his drug deals.
While Sheriff Lewis says the amount of pot displayed was significant, he says law enforcement still has a lot of work to do in getting drugs off the county's streets. However, he says there's nothing agencies can't do to make communities safer as long as they work together, and this drug bust is proof of that. Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton thanked the officers and agents who took part in the investigation, and said that their work has made the city's neighborhoods safer for everyone.
Dykes has been charged with several counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. He's being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center on half a million dollars bond. Wicomico County State's Attorney Matt Maciarello says his office will present the case to a grand jury on February 25, and the grand jury will then decide whether or not to indict Dykes. If convicted, Dykes faces more than 20 years in prison, and additional federal charges and jail time are possible, according to the State's Attorney's Office.
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