Police: Traffic Stop Leads To Bundles Of Heroin, Meth, And Crack

Lewes– The Delaware State Police have arrested 50-year-old Jason R. Bender, of Lewes, 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 February 26, 2020 at approximately 1:46 p.m., when Troopers observed Bender, who is known to have a suspended/revoked license, operating a maroon Lincoln LS on westbound Lewes-Georgetown Highway. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with Bender when Troopers observed heroin baggies.

A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted and the following was located:

1.652 grams of suspected heroin (236 bags)
2.98 grams of crystal methamphetamine
2.97 grams of crack cocaine
Drug Paraphernalia
Over $1,000 in suspected drug proceeds

Jaffe said the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU) and Governor’s Task Force (GTF) were contacted and a search warrant for Bender’s residence located in the 34000 block of Bookhammer Landing Road, Lewes, was obtained. Upon execution of this search warrant, the following was located:

738 baggies (approximately 5.166 grams) of heroin
Approximately .58 grams of methamphetamine
6.48 grams of marijuana

Bender was taken into custody when Troopers located further drug paraphernalia concealed on his person. Bender was transported back to Troop 7 where he was charged with the following:

Possession With Intent To Deliver a Controlled Substance (4 counts)
Possession With Intent To Deliver Controlled Substance Tier 3 Quantity
Tampering With Physical Evidence
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (7 counts)
Driving While Suspended or Revoked
Private Use/Consumption of Marijuana
Bender was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $82,801 cash only bond.

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