Troopers Arrest Subject on Gun Charges Following Traffic Stop

23-year-old Adam McGonigal of Wilmington, DE

Delaware State Police have arrested 23-year-old Adam McGonigal of Wilmington, DE for firearms offenses following a traffic stop that occurred in the Wilmington area on Tuesday evening.

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On August 16, 2022, at approximately 8:42 p.m., a trooper on patrol observed a green BMW 528i traveling southbound on Philadelphia Pike north of Cauffiel Parkway at a high rate of speed. The trooper began following the vehicle as it turned onto Cauffiel Parkway, still moving at a high rate of speed. The trooper conducted a traffic stop on the BMW on southbound Governor Printz Boulevard and contacted the two occupants. The trooper detected the strong odor of marijuana emitting from the BMW’s interior, and a probable cause search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 11.82 grams of marijuana and a loaded Glock handgun. Further investigation revealed that the firearm belonged to passenger Adam McGonigal. Computer checks of McGonigal showed that he is a convicted felon prohibited from possessing a firearm.

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The driver was issued a citation and released from the scene. McGonigal was transported to Troop 1 and charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm While Possessing a Controlled Substance (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony)
  • Possession of Marijuana

McGonigal was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $50,001 cash bond.

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