Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Weapons Charges
Presented by Public Information Officer Master Corporal Jeffrey R. Hale
Seaford, DE- Delaware State Police have arrested two Seaford men after a traffic stop led to the discovery of marijuana and a handgun on Friday night.
The investigation began on Friday, June 10, 2016 at approximately 8:11 p.m., as troopers were on routine patrol in the area of Coverdale Road just south of Hastings Farm Road, Seaford. It was at this time that they observed a white 2003 Acura TL traveling northbound on Coverdale Road above the posted speed limit. Troopers then conducted a traffic stop of the Acura, which had quickly turned onto Hastings Farm Road and then stopped in the yard of an abandoned property.
As troopers made contact with the operator of the car, later identified as a 29 year old Seaford, DE man, and the front seat passenger, later identified as Dominique Hall, 28, of Seaford, they detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the interior of the car. The operator of the vehicle advised the troopers that he was in fact in possession of marijuana. Both occupants of the vehicle were then removed from the car at which time a search of them was conducted. Troopers located approximately 8.5 grams of marijuana in the pants pocket of the male operator. A consent search of the car was then conducted. During the search, Troopers located a Glock 40 caliber handgun, a fully loaded magazine, and approximately $14,500.00 in suspected drug sale proceeds in the glove box of the car.
The male operator and Dominique Hall were both arrested and transported to Troop 5 where after further investigation, the operator of the vehicle was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Speeding. He was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $275.00 unsecured bail. Dominique Hall was charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon. He was also arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $500.00 unsecured bail.
Released: 061216 0915