Three arrested on drug charges following stop near Dover

Posted 8/27/21

DOVER — Three men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on South DuPont Highway at approximately 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather …

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Three arrested on drug charges following stop near Dover

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DOVER — Three men were arrested on drug charges following a traffic stop on South DuPont Highway at approximately 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Heather Pepper said.

Authorities said the owner and driver of the vehicle, Christopher R. Jones, 32, of Dover, was found to have a suspended license and failure to appear in the Justice of the Peace Court. Contact was also made with passengers Jared A. Hopkins, 24, of Seaford, and Monte D. Murray, 32, of Seaford.

Police said a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the vehicle and a criminal investigation ensued. All men were removed from the vehicle and a probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted, police said.

Troopers located approximately 120.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds and a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun with seven rounds of ammunition, Cpl. Pepper said.

The men were taken into custody without incident and transported to DSP Troop 3.

Mr. Jones was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, and failure to have insurance identification in possession. He was arraigned in JP Court 2 and released on a $6,400 unsecured bond.

Mr. Hopkins was charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned in JP Court 2 and released after posting a $25,200 secured bond.

Mr. Murray was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned in JP Court 2 and released on his own recognizance.