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Dover Man Arrested on Firearms and Drug Charges at Bay Tree Apartments 10-16-2018

Incident/Complaint#:  50-18-34733

Date/Time:   Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 3:16PM

Location:   Bay Tree Apartments, 200 Block of Bay Tree Road, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


James Rochester (35) was arrested on several firearms and drug offenses on Monday afternoon.  At approximately 3:16PM, officers from the Dover Police Department and Delaware Probation and Parole were conducting surveillance in the area of Bay Tree Road and Manchester Square on White Oak Road.  During that time, officers observed Rochester exit his vehicle and remove a firearm from the trunk.  Rochester then loaded the firearm and concealed it in his pants.  Rochester was taken into custody and an additional two handguns, a shotgun, 8.8 grams of cocaine, and $1,830 in suspected drug proceeds were located in the vehicle.  

Rochester was committed to SCI in default of $250,200 cash bond on the following offenses:

-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (4x)
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited (Drugs in Possession) (3x)
-Possession of Ammunition By Person Prohibited (2x)
-Possession of Cocaine (Tier 1 Qty with Agg. Factor)
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Drug Paraphernalia

James Rochester
Dover, DE
Items Found in Rochester’s Possession