Teens arrested on drug, weapons charges in Laurel

18-year-old Tyre Thomas, of Laurel, DE – Delaware State Police Dept.

Delaware State Police have arrested two teens, including a 15-year-old, on drug and weapons charges in Laurel.

According to the Delaware State Police Department, the incident occurred around 1:07 p.m., as a trooper on patrol in Laurel observed a white Cadillac speeding on Laurel Road in the area of Shiloh Church Road.

A traffic stop was initiated and upon contact with the operator, 18-year-old Tyre Thomas, and the front seat passenger, a 15-year-old juvenile male, the trooper immediately detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle.

Troopers asked the juvenile passenger to exit the vehicle and a probable cause search of him was conducted. During this search, troopers discovered that the juvenile was in possession of approximately 40 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and a loaded 9-millimeter Ruger handgun.

Police later learned that the handgun was reported stolen by Milford Police Department in September, 2020. During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, troopers also located approximately 25 grams of marijuana and a digital scale inside a backpack.

Both the juvenile and Thomas were transported to Troop 5 and charged.

The 15-year-old has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony), Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony), Receiving a Stolen Firearm (Felony), Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

The juvenile was arraigned and committed to Stevenson House on $25,502 secured bond.

Thomas was arraigned on possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and speeding charges and released on his own recognizance.

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