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Troopers: Over 200 Pounds OF Weed, $276K Cash Found During Traffic Stop


On Sunday, April 14, 2019 at approximately 1:36 p.m., an officer from the Dagsboro Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a tan Ford F-250 pick-up truck with California tags on DuPont Blvd., in the limits of Dagsboro, after it was determined that the operator was driving with a suspended California drivers license, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Michael Austin.

Austin said The officer made contact with Mulvihill, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who confirmed that his license was not valid and that he had no proof insurance for the vehicle. It was also determined that the vehicle was supposed to be equipped with an ignition interlock device, which it was not, Austin said.

A subsequent search of the passenger compartment of the vehicle produced a prescription bottle containing oxycodone pills which were not prescribed to Mulvihill along with an electronic money counter, several ledgers and $1000.00 cash, which was concealed under the dashboard, according to Austin. A search of the bed of the truck produced six large duffel bags, concealed under a tarp, which Mulvihill advised contained marijuana, said Austin. Further inspection confirmed that within the duffel bags were 98 vacuum sealed bags which contained various quantities of marijuana, with a total weight of approximately 212.09 pounds, said Austin.

Mulvihill was taken into custody without incident, and then he and the vehicle were both transported to Troop 4, at which time the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit assisted with the investigation. During a more thorough search of the vehicle, detectives discovered a large military-style ammunition box, which had been welded to the undercarriage of the truck. The was found to contain $276,570.00 in cash which was packaged in multiple plastic bags, according to Austin.

Mulvihill was charged with the following, before being committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $81,701.00 secured bail.

Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity
Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Driving without a Valid License
No Proof of Insurance
Driving without an Interlock Device

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