Joseph R. Palmer and Ebony Hopkins arrested after marijuana, cocaine found

A home visit by Delaware State Police Troopers of the Sussex County Governors Task Force and Probation and Parole Officers in Laurel led to multiple drug arrests Friday, Feb. 9

Tt around 2:40 p.m., members of the GTF assisted Probation and Parole with a home visit in the 600 block of Little Creek Apartments in reference to a Level 4 Probationer,  24-year-old Joseph R. Palmer of Laurel. Upon GTF’s arrival, contact was made with Palmer and another tenant, 26-year-old Ebony Hopkins of Laurel, outside of the residence. Palmer was immediately taken into custody for being outside of the apartment while on home confinement. 

Probation officers then entered the apartment and conducted an administrative search. Found in the apartment was over 251 grams of marijuana (in bulk and in small packages for distribution), over 12 grams of cocaine and a variety of drug paraphernalia, including plastic bags and a digital scale.

Palmer was charged with possession with intent to deliver - cocaine, possession with intent to deliver - marijuana, second-degree conspiracy and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $32,400 cash-only bond. Hopkins was charged with possession with intent to deliver - cocaine, possession with intent to deliver - marijuana, second-degree conspiracy, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a drug property. She was committed to Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $35,400 secured bond.