New Castle Man Charged Following Drug Investigation

The Newark Police Department Street Crimes Unit has been investigating drug sales in the Newark area.

During the investigation, one of the suspects was identified as Eliel Cruz-Castillo, 40, of New Castle.

On December 5, 2022, Cruz-Castillo was observed in an active drug transaction outside of a residence in Wilmington.  Cruz-Castillo was taken into custody by Newark Police officers without incident.

A search warrant was then executed at Cruz-Castillo’s residence in New Castle and on a vehicle he possessed.  During the course of the searches, officers seized more than 14 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, drug packaging and United States currency.

Cruz-Castillo was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:

  • Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 2 Quantity
  • Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (6 counts stemming from various identified drug sale transactions)
  • Conspiracy Second Degree
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Possession of Marijuana

Cruz-Castillo appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $5,650 secured bail. Cruz-Castillo was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Eliel Cruz-Castillo