A 35-year-old Lincoln man was arrested Dec. 24 after police say he abandoned over 2,000 bags of heroin in a Millsboro parking lot before a traffic stop.
According to the Delaware State Police, the incident occurred around 9:10 p.m. when a trooper observed a 2001 Cadillac Seville operated by Donald R. Hester turn right from W. Dupont Boulevard onto Wharton Street without displaying a turn signal. Police said the trooper pulled behind the Cadillac and activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. Police said instead of stopping, Hester immediately made a right turn onto Houston Street and fled at a high speed. Police said the trooper momentarily lost sight of the vehicle, but found it stopped in a parking lot off Houston Street. Police said as the trooper drove into the parking lot Hester began to speed away but the trooper pulled in front of his vehicle, blocking its exit. Hester was taken into custody.
Police said when the area of the parking lot where Hester stopped was inspected, two plastic grocery bags were discovered, one containing 2,292 bags, or 34.38 grams, of heroin and the other containing 119 grams of marijuana. Police said a search of Hester's vehicle yielded an additional 46 grams of marijuana as well as $2,312. Police said Hester had $1,977 in his pants pocket.
Police said Hester faces numerous charges including two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $65,802 secured bail.