Delaware State Police provided this photo of the suspected heroin seized from the car Michael A. Denney was driving.
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Delaware State Police said a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Rehoboth Beach after troopers located a large cache of heroin in the car he was driving.
Michael A. Denney, 27, is 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 in possession and speeding.
Police said Denney's arrest stemmed from an incident that occurred at around 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, when a trooper patrolling SR1 near Biddles Toll Plaza observed a 2003 Mercury Sable headed south traveling at higher than the posted speed.
Authorities said that when the trooper stopped the car, the driver of the car, identified as Denney, did not have a valid driver's license.
Police said the trooper then ordered Denney out of the vehicle and noticed a small wax envelope, which is commonly used to package heroin, on the floor.
When the two female passengers got out of the car, the trooper said he was able to see more drug paraphernalia in the car.
A search of the vehicle resulted in a black plastic bag being located under a jacket in the trunk of the car, according to police. Investigators said that inside of the bag was approximately 31.1 grams of heroin stored in 1,244 wax envelopes.
The women were each issued a criminal summons after drug paraphernalia was found in their possession.
After conducting an investigation into the source of the drugs and their destination, Denney was charged Wednesday, Jan. 16, with the aforementioned offenses.
Denney was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution, where he was being held on an unrelated charge, in lieu of $18,550 cash bail.