Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.
Seaford – The Delaware State Police have arrested a wanted sex offender and found drugs in his possession.
The incident began around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday November 8, 2016 as troopers assigned to the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (P.A.C.E.) team, with the assistance of the Sussex County Drug Unit, Sussex County Governors Task Force, Sex Offender Apprehension and Registration Unit (S.O.A.R.), and the Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) were conducting surveillance on Maurice D. Cannon, 34 with a last registered address in Bridgeville. Cannon was wanted by S.O.A.R. after he failed to re-register as a sex offender within three days of change of address as well as making a false written statement back in August of 2016 (See News Release: https://dsp.delaware.gov/2016/09/03/dsp-s-o-a-r-searching-for-wanted-sex-offenders-4/). He was also wanted out of Sussex County Courts for capiases.
Troopers began following Cannon from a residence on Oneals Road and continued to follow as he drove throughout lower Sussex County. He was taken into custody without incident as he pulled into the Delmar Pizza parking lot located at 38660 Sussex Highway where a search was conducted on the vehicle. Located in a book bag was 90.03 grams of marijuana, 41.30 grams of powdered cocaine, 40.07 grams of crack cocaine, 6 Acetaminophen Hydrocodone pills, and over $3,100.00 in suspected drug proceeds.
Maurice Cannon was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity (Cocaine), two counts of Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 4 quantity (Cocaine), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription. He was arraigned at JP3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $105,000.00 secured bond.
Released: 110916 1055