Dover Pair Arrested Following Straw Firearm Purchase Investigation

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Incident Number:  50-24-20979

Date/Time: Thursday, June 13th, 2024

Location: Unit Block of Fair Wind Place, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: [email protected]

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Brittney Wharton, 32, and Nathaniel Cooper, 42, both of Dover, on firearm and drug charges following an investigation into the illegal purchasing of firearms. The investigation began when members of the Dover Police Departments Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Unit, in collaboration with the ATF, learned that Wharton had purchased several firearms, high-capacity magazines, and ammunition for Cooper, who is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Based on their investigation, Detectives obtained warrants for Wharton and Cooper.

On June 13th, 2024 Detectives executed a search warrant on a residence in the unit block of Fair Wind Place associated with Wharton an Cooper. During the search, officers located high capacity firearm magazines, ammunition, Psilocybin mushrooms and drug paraphernalia. Wharton and Cooper were taken into custody without incident at the residence and transported to Dover Police Department to be processed and arraigned.

Wharton was released on unsecured bail on the following charges:
-Giving a Firearm to a Person Prohibited (5x)
-Engaging in a Firearms Transaction on behalf of Another (7x)
-Intentionally Makes False Oral or Written Statements intended or Likely to Deceive a Firearm Dealer (6x)
-Providing a False Statement to Law Enforcement
-Conspiracy Second Degree

Cooper was committed to SCI on $26,200 cash bail on the following charges:
-Possession of a Large Capacity Magazine
-Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited
-Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
-Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Both suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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