Troopers: Man Found With Child, 1,126 Bags Of Heroin During Traffic Stop

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

Jaffe said on June 25, 2019, at approximately 7:18 p.m., Troopers observed a black Nissan Maxima displaying a fictitious license plate. A traffic stop was initiated on DuPont Highway (SR 13) at the south Smyrna exit ramp. Troopers made contact with the driver, identified as 40-year-old Elwood M. Hunter. During the course of the traffic stop, it was determined that Hunter was operating an unregistered motor vehicle with no proof of insurance, according to Jaffe. Further investigation led to the discovery of 1,126 bags of heroin (approximately 7.882 grams) and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. There was also a small child in the back seat of the vehicle who was not properly restrained.

Hunter was taken into custody without incident and transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following:

Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 quantity
Possession with intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance
Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Failure to Have Insurance Identification
Operation of an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
Child Restraint

Hunter was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $41,250.00 secured bond.