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Traffic stop in Milford nets heroin, four arrests

Four Sussex residents jailed on drug charges
February 12, 2017
Police found more than 24 grams of heroin during a traffic stop Feb. 12. DELAWARE STATE POLICE PHOTO

Story Location:
U.S. 113
Milford-Harrington Highway
Milford  Delaware
United States

Four Sussex County residents are facing drug charges following a two-month police investigation regarding illegal drug sales in Sussex County.

The investigation culminated with a traffic stop on U.S. Route 113 near Milford-Harrington Highway shortly after 1 a.m. Feb. 12, when police executed a search warrant on Georgetown resident William R. Via Jr., 44, and his vehicle, said Delaware State Police Master Sgt. Richard Bratz.

When police stopped the car driven by Via, one of three passengers, Millsboro resident Parish J. Alexander, 38, attempted to flee. He was caught by police in a parking lot near the intersection where Via's vehicle had been stopped, but Alexander refused to comply, prompting police to tase him, Bratz said.

Police found Alexander in possession of a torn baggie containing heroin, which he had tried to discard while running from police. Heroin was found all over his clothing, Bratz said.

Alexander was treated and released from Beebe Hospital before he was taken to Troop 4 and arrested.

Two other passengers in the vehicle, 34-year-old Staci E. Via of Georgetown and 36-year-old Michael J. Allison of Frankford, also were arrested. The Delaware State Police Governor's Task Force and the Special Operations Response Team also assisted during the vehicle stop, Bratz said.

Once all four suspects were arrested, police executed a search warrant on the vehicle and found more than 24 grams of heroin in separate bags throughout the vehicle, Bratz said.

William R. Via Jr. and his wife, Staci E. Via, are each charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity, and second-degree conspiracy. William R. Via Jr. was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $101,000 secured bond. Staci Via was committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution in default of $51,000 secured bond.

Parish J. Alexander is charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity, second-degree conspiracy, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $102,500.

Michael J. Allison is charged with possession with the intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin in a Tier 5 quantity and second-degree conspiracy. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $51,000 secured bond.

No photo of Staci E. Via is available, Bratz said.