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Troopers: Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of 7800 Bags Of Heroin

Millsboro- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Millsboro man after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at approximately 7:01 p.m. when a Trooper observed a 2004 dark blue Ford Explorer traveling eastbound on Old Landing Road, approaching the intersection at Iron Branch Road. The vehicle proceeded to make a right turn onto Iron Branch Road when the operator failed to use their turn signal. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was identified as 33-year-old James Eley. Eley attempted to flee on foot from police and was subsequently apprehended, according to Jaffe.

Troopers searching the vehicle found approximately 7800 bags of heroin (54.6 grams), said Jaffe. Eley was also in the possession of over $500.00 in suspected drug proceeds.

He was transported back to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

Possession With Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance in a Tier 4 quantity
Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 quantity
Resisting Arrest
Failure when Moving Right, Left or Turning to Signal
Failure to Have Registration Plate Light

Eley was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $61,000.00 cash only bond.


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