Delaware State Police provided these photos of the box containing approximately 26 pounds of suspected marijuana seized during Friday's traffic stop on Route 1 in Middletown.
MIDDLETOWN, Del.- Delaware State Police say troopers arrested two Philadelphia men after a traffic stop in Middletown led to the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana.
Police said that at around 1:45 p.m. Friday, a trooper running stationary radar north of Biddle's Toll Plaza on SR1 observed a 2012 Ford Taurus traveling southbound above the posted speed limit. A traffic stop was conducted just south of the toll plaza and contact was made with the operator, 25-year-old Marquis L. Maddox. Police said Maddox provided the trooper with his license and rental agreement on the car which stated no additional drivers and did not have Maddox as the primary driver. Troopers said a computer check also revealed that his license was suspended out of Pennsylvania.
Police said that due to the circumstances of the traffic stop, a tow truck was requested and an inventory search was conducted on the vehicle prior to it being towed. Troopers said that located inside the trunk of the Taurus was a large box which neither of the two occupants, including 30-year-old passenger Torrance R. Lomax, were able to claim. A state police K9 from Troop 9 was dispatched to the stop and alerted positively on the package indicating there were drugs, police said.
The vehicle was towed back to Troop 9 where a search warrant was obtained on the vehicle. Troopers said they conducted a search on the car, which yielded approximately 26 pounds of marijuana enclosed in the sealed box.
Maddox and Lomax were taken into custody at the scene and were transported back to Troop 9 where they were both charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession with intent to deliver (marijuana) and second-degree conspiracy. Maddox was additionally charged with speeding, driving without a valid license and driving without the consent of the owner. He was ordered held on $72,102 cash bond and Lomax was ordered held on $72,000 cash bond.