A late-night traffic stop on Route 1 May 27 resulted in troopers seizing eight pounds of marijuana.
The stop occurred at 11:56 p.m. when troopers stopped a Chevrolet Malibu that was speeding on southbound Route 1 in the area of Pole Bridge Road in Middletown. The driver, Steven Verley, 24, of Millsboro had a suspended driver's license. His passenger, Dontel Brown, 26, of Seaford provided a fictitious name. The troopers also noticed a strong odor of marijuana and air fresheners coming from the vehicle.
The troopers asked both occupants to exit the vehicle. When Brown stepped out, troopers saw a small amount of marijuana fall from his shirt onto the ground.
Both defendants were detained, and troopers searched the vehicle. They found a small bag of marijuana in the center console, and in the trunk, troopers discovered eight bags containing a combined weight of 8.2 pounds of marijuana. Troopers also seized $1,622 cash from the defendants.
Both defendants were taken to Troop 9 and charged with possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 3 quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and second-degree conspiracy. Additionally, Brown was charged with criminal impersonation, and Verley was charged with driving while suspended and speeding. Verley and Brown were committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution, Verley on $16,000 cash or $5,000 secured bail. Brown's bail was set at $10,000 cash or $1,500 secured bail.