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Dover Man Arrested On Drug and Firearm Charges

Incident/Complaint#:  50-23-17754

Date:  Monday, June 5, 2023 at 2:23 p.m.

Location: South Reed Street and West Reed Street Dover, DE

Contact:  Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department has arrested Orlando Batson, 32, of Dover, for drug and firearm charges following a stop Monday afternoon. The investigation began when members of the Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Unit, along with the Street Crimes Unit, observed Batson downtown in the area of South New Street and West Reed Street. Officers are familiar with Batson, and knew he currently had a warrant for his arrest. Officers contacted Batson inside of a vehicle and he was taken into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded Ruger 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number and 1.1 grams of crack cocaine. Batson was transported to Dover Police Department where he was processed and arraigned.

Batson was committed to SCI on $52,000 cash bail on the following charges:
-Possession of a Firearm By a Person Prohibited (x2)
-Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited
-Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number
-Possession of a Controlled Substance
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Orlando Batson
Dover, DE