Elkton Woman Arrested For Providing Firearm to Prohibited Person

Incident Number:  50-23-23942

Date/Time: The Month of June of 2023

Location: City of Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested Courtney Hughes, 24, of Elkton, Maryland following a firearms investigation that began in June of 2023. During the month of June 2023, the Dover Police Department arrested Khalil Smith, 19, of Dover, after he was found in possession of a 9mm handgun and he is prohibited from possessing firearms.(For details on this incident, click here) After this arrest, the Dover Police Department’s Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Unit, in collaboration with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), began an investigation into how Smith obtained the firearm. Through their investigations, it was determined that Hughes purchased the firearm for Smith, and intentionally made false statements when purchasing the firearm.

On February 23rd, 2024, Hughes was arrested by the U.S Marshal Service First State Fugitive Task Force at a residence in Elkton, Maryland. Hughes was extradited on February 28th, 2024 back to Delaware, where she was formally charged. 

Hughes was released on unsecured bond on the following charges:
-Giving a Firearm to a Person Prohibited
-Engaging in a Firearms Transaction on Behalf of Another
-Intentionally makes False Oral or Written Statements intended or likely to deceive the licensee in purchase of a Firearm
-Provide False Statement to Law Enforcement
-Conspiracy Second Degree

Hughes is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Courtney Hughes
Elkton, MD

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