Delaware State Police
LAUREL — Two men were charged with weapon and drug offenses following a traffic stop Wednesday, Delaware State Police said.
Police said that at approximately 9:10 p.m., a trooper on proactive patrol was traveling northbound on Bi State Boulevard near Duke Road behind a Honda Odyssey. The trooper conducted a traffic stop when he noticed that the vehicle’s registration had expired in February, police said.
As the trooper approached the Honda, he noticed a rifle next to the passenger’s leg, police said. The driver, Paul Lambert, 53, of Delmar, and the passenger, William Ingle, 39, of Bethel, were both detained, according to authorities.
A computer check of Ingle, revealed that he was prohibited from possessing a firearm and had an active capias, police said.
During the traffic stop, a narcotics canine scanned the Honda and positively alerted to the presence of narcotics, police said.
A search of the car led to the discovery of approximately .19 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 11.57 grams of marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, police said. In addition, .26 grams of methamphetamine was found on Mr. Lambert, police said.
Mr. Lambert was charged with possession offenses including possession of a deadly weapon with prohibited and controlled substance, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, conspiracy and expired tags. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on his own recognizance.
Ingle was charged with possession offenses including deadly weapon with prohibited and controlled substance, deadly weapon by a person prohibited, controlled substance and drug paraphernalia (two counts), and conspiracy. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $12,300 cash bond.