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State Police Arrest Two on Gun Charges During Traffic Stop


Date Posted: Friday, July 9th, 2021

Magnolia- Delaware State Police arrested two local men following a traffic stop Thursday afternoon.

On July 8, 2021, at approximately 1:10 p.m., a trooper patrolling the area of Peachtree Run and Irish Hill Road initiated a traffic stop on a beige Toyota Corolla for an expired registration. Upon contact with the operator, Xavier T. Daniels, 22 of Milford, and passenger, Thomas R. Hoskins, 21 of Felton, a strong odor of marijuana was detected. A criminal investigation ensued, and a search of the Corolla was conducted. Located inside were a loaded Taurus G3 9mm handgun and a Crown Royal bag containing marijuana.

Both Daniels and Hoskins were taken into custody without incident and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 3.

Thomas Hoskins was charged with

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony)
  • Possession of Marijuana – Personal Use

Hoskins was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $7,500.00 secured bond.

Xavier Daniels was charged with

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony)
  • Possession of Marijuana Other than Personal Use
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Expired Tags

Daniels was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #2 and released on $6,100.00 unsecured bond.

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