Dover, Delaware- On Thursday, January 14th, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., the Dover Police Department hosted an online press conference to announce the successful conclusion of Operation Rise-N-Shyne. This operation was a multi-jurisdictional investigation involving illegal gang activity that included large scale distribution of drugs. This operation was conducted by the Dover Police and Delaware State Police Departments, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Delaware Department of Correction Probation and Parole, United States Marshal Service, The Delaware Department of Justice, and the United State’s Attorney’s Office.
Operation Rise-N-Shyne began as a result of information obtained during arrests in Dover early in 2020. In response to an increase in violent crime, the Dover Police Department partnered with the Delaware State Police to address criminal activity in the Dover region. Information obtained during those investigations and arrests led to law enforcement learning that Marquise Mack was supplying large amounts of ecstasy from the Atlanta, GA area to Kent County. The operation began in June of 2020 and lasted through mid-November when a multi-agency warrant roundup was completed.
Operation Rise-N-Shyne led to over 50 arrests in Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement seized 28 firearms, 15,000+ doses of ecstasy, 72 grams of MDMA powder, 12.8 grams of Methamphetamine, 3.675 grams of Heroin, and over $22,000 in drug proceeds. The arrests and seizures also impacted four local criminal street gangs in Dover and the surrounding area. Evidence and information gathered during the operation has been connected to multiple cases involving violent crimes in the Dover region.
Speakers at the press conference included Chief Thomas Johnson (Dover Police), Colonel Melissa Zebley (Delaware State Police), Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings, DEA Asst. Special Agent in Charge (Philadelphia Field Division), Shawn R. Ellerman, and City of Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen.
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