A Rehoboth Beach man may wish he had driven slower – particularly when police say he was transporting large quantities of heroin. He is now in jail on nearly $25,000 bail for drug and speeding charges.
Michael A. Denney, 27, of Rehoboth Beach – previously reported to be from Millsboro – was speeding southbound at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 near Middletown when police stopped him and found more than 1,000 bags of heroin in his car, said Cpl. John Day of the Delaware State Police.
Denney did not have a valid driver's license, and when the trooper asked Denney to exit the car, the trooper noticed a wax envelope on the floor, similar to the type used to package heroin. Upon a search of the car, the trooper found 1,244 wax envelopes of heroin weighing about 31.1 grams, Day said.
Police did not charge Denney during the stop. They released him because the troopers decided to investigate the matter further, Day said.
"They had him there, and were confident that they'd be able to find him later," he said.
However, the troopers confiscated the heroin on the spot. They also issued criminal summons to two women in the car – Samantha Rau, 19, of Lewes and Enjoli Vingiuerra, 20, of Millsboro – in connection with drug paraphernalia, Day said.
Three days later, Denney's heavy foot again got him in trouble with police after an officer says he clocked him speeding at 9:12 p.m. Jan. 14 going westbound on Route 24.
This time, Denney didn't readily pull over. He moved toward the shoulder as if he would stop, but quickly sped away when the trooper behind him slowed, said Cpl. Gary Fournier of the Delaware State Police.
Denney turned right onto Indian Mission Road then westbound on Friendship Road. He failed to stop at an intersection and turned left onto Cannon Road where he lost control of his vehicle and slid into a ditch, Fournier said.
Police charged Denney with disregarding a police officer’s signal, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and several other traffic-related charges. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $4,550 secured bond.
Rau was again a passenger in his car and now faces a second possession of drug paraphernalia charge. She was again released on a criminal summons.
No one was injured in the crash, Fournier said.
When state police concluded their investigation into the heroin stash found in Denney's car Jan. 11, they knew where to find him: Sussex Correctional Institution.
Denney was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, driving while suspended, failing to have insurance identification and speeding. His bail for those charges was set at $18,550 cash in addition to the $4,550 secured bond he was already facing.