Elsmere Cop Saves Suspected Drug Dealer From Possible Overdose, Arrest Made

Terrance Caldwell

Elsmere – On Thursday, July 27, 2017, PFC John Giles was clearing an incident in the area of the Elsmere Police station when he noticed a vehicle parked in the neighborhood with a subject slumped over the center console.

As Giles approached the vehicle to check on the subject, later identified as Terrance Caldwell of the 2500 blk. of N. VanBuren Street, Wilmington, the officer noticed a cap of a syringe near the driver side door, according to police.

Officials said several attempts were made to get the attention of Caldwell from outside the vehicle with no success. Fearing Caldwell could be suffering from a medical emergency, the officer opened the door and attempted to awaken Caldwell. While awakening Caldwell, PFC Giles observed him grab his waistband and grasped an unknown object, according to police.

Caldwell was patted down for the officer’s safety. During the pat-down police say they found a folding knife, 1.9g crack cocaine packaged for sale, 52 bags of heroin and $300+ in suspected drug proceeds.

Caldwell was charged with Possession of a Controlled/Counterfeit Substance with the Intent to Distribute (x2). He was released on $20,000.00 unsecured bail.


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