A Delmar man was arrested on drug and weapons charges after police say a traffic stop turned up heroin, pills, and an illegal handgun in Seaford.
According to Delaware State Police, the incident occurred around 7:51 p.m., Friday when a trooper on routine patrol on Concord Road in the area of Concord Pond Road spotted a red Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling without proper lighting above its registration plate.
A traffic stop was initiated, at which time police say contact was made with the driver and sole occupant, 32-year-old Troy Smith, of Delmar, Maryland. Suspected drugs were viewed in plain sight inside the vehicle, according to police.
Police obtained probable cause, searched the vehicle, and allegedly discovered a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm handgun, .007 grams of heroin, four Hydrocodone pills, and drug paraphernalia. A computer inquiry showed Smith was prohibited from possessing a weapon and has a suspended license, according to police.
Smith was charged with Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance – 2 counts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia- 2 counts, Driving with a Suspended License, and Failure to Have a Registration Plate Light. He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,950 cash bond.