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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley

State Police Apprehend Suspect in Drug and Weapon-Related Arrest

Date Posted: Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

Delaware State Police have arrested 33-year-old Joshua Witty of Lincoln, Delaware, following a traffic stop Sunday morning, resulting in multiple charges related to drugs and weapons possession.

On May 12, 2024, at approximately 11:09 a.m., a Delaware State Trooper observed a Dodge Charger speeding southbound on Coastal Highway near Eagles Crest Road. Upon initiating a traffic stop, the trooper detected the odor of marijuana coming from the Dodge. When the trooper approached the driver, later identified as Joshua Witty, smoke was observed emitting from the center armrest, and traces of marijuana were visible on Witty’s clothing. He exited the vehicle at the request of the trooper. However, upon the trooper’s engagement, Witty attempted to evade arrest by fleeing back to his vehicle. The trooper was able to apprehend Witty and place him under arrest successfully.

A subsequent search of Witty and his vehicle revealed a loaded 9mm handgun, a loaded .45mm handgun, approximately $706 in suspected drug proceeds, and various drug paraphernalia. Additionally, the following suspected drugs were located: approximately 863 bags (6 grams) of heroin, approximately 3 Levorphanol Tartrates, approximately 25 grams of crack, approximately 54 grams of cocaine, and approximately 1.6 grams of methamphetamine.

Witty was transported to Troop 7, where he was charged with the following crimes:


Joshua Witty
Joshua Witty


  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)- 2 counts
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance Tier 3 Quantity (Felony)- 3 counts
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance Tier 3 (Felony)- 3 counts
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person who Possesses a Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance- 2 counts
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- 2 counts
  • Traffic Offenses

Witty was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $171,502 cash bond.

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