A father-son duo was charged in Wilmington in mid-March after a search warrant execution led to the recovery of five firearms, ammunition, and hundreds of grams of a variety of drugs, authorities announced Thursday.

On March 12th, 2019, Wilmington Delaware's Drug, Organized Crime and Vice Division, and Safe Streets Task Force, executed search warrants at residences in the 1100 block of East 14th Street in Wilmington and the 600 block of 5th street in Newark, which led to the arrest of both 55-year-old Andre Church and his 35-year-old son of the same name.

Police said, at the Wilmington location, they recovered 202 rounds of rifle ammunition, one box of 9mm rounds, 141 grams of cocaine, 64.2 grams of crack cocaine, 15 grams of marijuana, and currency.

Inside of the Newark Location, police said they recovered over $12,000 in currency, a black 2008 Chrysler 300, and miscellaneous papers, packaging material, digital scales, and a pill bottle.

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The younger Church was taken into custody at the Newark location and is facing charges including possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, second-degree conspiracy, three counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, receiving a stolen firearm, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

After posting $66,500 secured bond, but during the course of the investigation, police said he was additionally charged with five counts possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, four counts possession of ammunition by a person prohibited, four counts possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.

The elder Church, whom arrived later at the police station of his own accord, was also taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, receiving a stolen firearm, second-degree conspiracy, two counts possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting $66,000 secured bond.