Wilmington auto shop owner going to prison for heroin distribution – The News Journal
A Wilmington auto detailing shop owner who sold heroin out of the parking lot of the now-shuttered Thunderguards Clubhouse has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney for Delaware.
Federal prosecutors claim that Daywine Hunter, 32, of Wilmington sold heroin from the clubhouse parking lot and, after it closed, out of his own shop, B&D Detailing, adjacent to the clubhouse on Northeast Boulevard.
The Thunderguards Motorcycle Club vacated its Wilmington clubhouse in 2014 after the state and city sued to oust them because of ongoing violence and drug activity on the property.
Hunter pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in November. He was sentenced to 82 months in prison, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III.
Hunter’s co-defendants – his father, Victor Williams, 54; Brian Teat, 53; and Prince Seward, 51, all of Wilmington – were sentenced to 46, 41 and 21 months, respectively. Jaquanda Lewis-Davis, 22, is awaiting sentencing.
The Drug Enforcement Administration began investigating Hunter in summer 2013.
The clubhouse closed the following year, and Hunter moved his heroin distribution operation to B&D Detailing, Oberly said.
Law enforcement was granted a wiretap of Hunter’s cell phone and covertly installed video and audio surveillance inside B&D Detailing.
Law enforcement then watched as Hunter received three deliveries of heroin, each consisting of about 130,000 baggies, Oberly said.
For each delivery, Hunter sent two or more couriers to Philadelphia to meet a supplier. The supplier would place the heroin in a “trap,” which is a hidden compartment in the vehicle, before the couriers drove back to B&D, Oberly said.
Video surveillance on April 22, 2015, a day after the couriers made a trip to Philadelphia, caught a Lincoln Aviator with a hidden compartment backing into B&D Detailing. Hunter was then seen removing a shopping bag from the Navigator, he said.
Law enforcement executed a search warrant at B&D and recovered the bag with approximately 130,000 baggies of heroin packaged for distribution, Oberly said.
“The heroin epidemic that is causing so many deaths in Delaware and elsewhere must be dealt with aggressively. Those who market this poison should expect to face future arrests and imprisonment,” Oberly said.
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