Three men were arrested and more than 15,000 bags of heroin were found as officers from the Kent County Governor's Task Force concluded a two-week investigation into illegal drug sales at an Odessa-area motel Tuesday.

Three men were arrested and more than 15,000 bags of heroin were found as officers from the Kent County Governor's Task Force concluded a two-week investigation into illegal drug sales at an Odessa-area motel Tuesday.

The investigation began after officers from the Kent County Governor's Task Force began searching for Sean Gaitens, 20, of Middletown, who was wanted for a probation violation, said Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Jeffrey Hale.

As the search for Gaitens progressed, officers learned that he may be staying at the Pleasant Hill Motel in the 3000 block of DuPont Parkway (U.S. Route 13), just south of Odessa, and that he was involved in the sale of illegal drugs from the motel.

On Tuesday, Task Force members went to the motel and saw Gaitens leave a room and enter the front passenger seat of a white Dodge Nitro which had parked on the shoulder of southbound U.S. Route 13 in front of the motel. As the car pulled back onto the road, officers saw that Gaitens had failed to properly fasten his seatbelt, Hale said. A stop of the vehicle was conducted and Gaitens provided the Task Force members with a fictitious name. He was taken into custody without incident.

A computer check of the driver's records revealed that Robert Walcome, 38, of Newark,was driving while his license was suspended and also was wanted on an active capias. He was also taken into custody without incident.

A search of the vehicle was conducted and officers found six bags of heroin and two strips of Suboxone, Hale said.

Gaitens and Walcome were taken to Troop 9.

As Task Force members were conducting the traffic stop of the Dodge Nitro, a red Hyundai was seen pulling into the lot of the motel. The driver of the Hyundai, later identified as Andrew Hubler, 24, of Millsboro, exited the car and knocked on the door of the room that had been occupied by Gaitens.

Task Force members approached Hubler, and after further investigation, learned that he was in possession of illegal drugs.

In a search of Hubler's Hyundai, with the assistance of a K-9 unit from the New Castle City Police Department, officers found 15,134 bags of heroin. Hubler was arrested by Task Force members and taken to Troop 9.

Officers of the Division of Probation and Parole searched Gaiten's room and found an additional 214 bags of heroin and $536 in suspected drug sale proceeds, Hale said.

Gaitens was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, maintaining a drug property, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity, second-degree conspiracy, criminal impersonation, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hale said. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $86,000 cash bail.

Walcome was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal solicitation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, and failure to properly secure a passenger with a seatbelt, Hale said. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $2,000 unsecured bail for a court appearance at a later date.

Hubler was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a tier 1 quantity, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia, Hale said. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the James Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $75,000 cash bail.