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Traffic Stop Leads to Felony Drug Charges for Frederica Man- Felton


Date Posted: Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Felton- Delaware State Police arrested 21-year-old Bruce S. Patricella of Frederica on felony drug charges following a traffic stop on September 2, 2020.

At approximately 12:43 p.m., a trooper conducting a proactive patrol in the area of Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, observed a white Toyota Camry operating with an expired registration. A traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle on Barney Jenkins Road, and contact was made with the 46-year-old male operator from Frederica and passenger, Patricella. Upon contact, Patricella provided a fictitious name to the trooper, but his identity was later confirmed through a computer check. Based on information obtained during the interaction with the operator and Patricella, a search was conducted of the vehicle.

Located in the vehicle was the following:

  • (1) Buprenorphine Hydrocloride pill
  • (5) Buprenorphine Hydrocloride with Naloxone Hydrocloride pills
  • (39)  Amphetamine pills
  • (1) Adderall pill
  • (37) Amphetamine Dextroamphetamine pills
  • (1) Amphetamine Dextroamphetamine pill

Through investigative measures it was determined the drugs belonged to Patricella. He was taken into custody and transported to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance (2 counts-felony)
  • Criminal Impersonation
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Patricella was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $21,200.00 cash bond.

The operator of the vehicle was charged with traffic violations and released.

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