More than $9,000 in suspected drug money and more than 5,300 bags of heroin have been seized following a traffic stop near Dagsboro, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The driver, identified as Frederick H. Mitchell III, 35, of Milford, was arrested while the passenger, identified as Lynn D. Trader, 38, of Felton, fled the scene, Fournier said.
The incident occurred at 4:05 p.m. Aug. 9, in the vicinity of Iron Branch Road, when a trooper began to pull over a car because the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. As the trooper was following the car, the passenger allegedly threw a number of items from inside the car. The man, later identified as Trader, jumped out and ran away down nearby Bunting Road.
A search of the car turned up the cash, 5,374 bags of heroin totaling more than 80 grams in weight, as well as 24.3 grams of marijuana.
Mitchell was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, second-degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and a seatbelt violation. He was jailed at the Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, after failing to obtain an $113,001 secured bond.
When caught, Trader will be charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, second-degree Conspiracy, Possession of Marijuana, and three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
He is also wanted out of Troop 4 from a separate incident that occurred on May 3 when he fled from a traffic stop near Selbyville where a handgun was found in a car in which he was a passenger. Those charges include are possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest. The Sussex County Court of Common Pleas also issued a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear for trial.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Cpl. M. Morgan at (302) 856-5850, Ext. 381. Tips also may be left by using the DSP Mobile Crime Tip app, available for download at www.Delaware.gov/apps.
Information also may be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending a text to 274637 (CRIMES), starting the message with the keyword “DSP.”