Three Men Arrested Following Drug Investigation

On May 19, 2022, members of the Newark Police Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of Paper Mill Road.  The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into drug activity at the residence.

During the course of the search, officers located various drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and crack cocaine.  In addition, officers seized more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition for various firearms,

At the time of the search, three were taken into custody at the residence: Francis Sullivan, 39, who lives at the residence that was searched, along with Ryan Latta, 45, of Hockessin and Kevin Karnai, 49, of Wilmington.

Sullivan was charged with:

  • Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (3 counts)
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Drugs (5 counts)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity (2 counts)
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Sullivan is prohibited by law from possessing firearms or ammunition for a firearm.

Sullivan appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $84,200 cash bail. Sullivan was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.

Latta was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia and was released on his own recognizance.

Karnai was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on his own recognizance.

No photos of Latta or Karnai are available for release.

Francis Sullivan

East Main Street Robbery

The Newark Police Department is currently investigating a robbery that is reported to have occurred in the area of 58 East Main Street on May 17, 2022 at approximately 11:00 P.M. The victim reported that they had left a local establishment and were walking in the municipal parking lot behind 58 East Main Street. The victim reported that they were approached by two male suspects while walking through the parking lot. The victim and the suspects engaged in a brief conversation and both suspects then assaulted the victim, knocking the victim to the ground. The suspects then robbed the victim of the victim’s personal property and fled on foot from the scene. The victim suffered minor injuries in the assault and robbery.

The current description of the suspects are of two males. One was tall and wearing a white sweatshirt or long sleeved shirt and the other was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt. Newark Police and University of Delaware Police units searched for the suspects but were unable to locate them.

The Newark Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit has assumed is actively investigating this case. Anyone with information for this investigation is asked to contact Detective Sergeant James Skinner at or (302) 366-7100 ext. 3135. Additional methods for providing tips or information can be found on the NPD Tips page.