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Seat Belt Violation Leads to Del. Heroin Arrest

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Delaware State Police provided this photo of the suspected heroin seized during Saturday afternoon's traffic stop near Dagsboro. Delaware State Police provided this photo of the suspected heroin seized during Saturday afternoon's traffic stop near Dagsboro.
Delaware State Police provided this photo of the cash seized during Saturday afternoon's traffic stop near Dagsboro. Delaware State Police provided this photo of the cash seized during Saturday afternoon's traffic stop near Dagsboro.
Lynn D. Trader Lynn D. Trader
Frederick H. Mitchell III Frederick H. Mitchell III

DAGSBORO, Del- Delaware State Police say a seatbelt violation led to the arrest of a driver on heroin charges while his passenger is sought after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.

Police said the incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, as a trooper on patrol observed a white Cadillac Deville in the area of Iron Branch Road just south of Bunting Road with the passenger unbelted. Police said the trooper activated the emergency equipment on the patrol car in order to perform a traffic stop when the passenger was observed throwing items, which was later determined to be a sleeve of heroin, from the window. Authorities said that when the Cadillac came to a stop on Bunting Road, the passenger, who was later identified as Lynn D. Trader, 38 of Felton, opened the door and ran eastbound on Bunting Road.

Troopers said the driver, Frederick H. Mitchell III, 35, of Milford, was contacted and taken into custody without incident. Police said a search of his vehicle revealed 5,374 bags of heroin totaling over 80 grams, 24.3 grams of marijuana, and more than $9,000 in suspected drug proceeds. Mitchell was charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, second-degree conspiracy, possession of marijuana, three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and a seatbelt violation. He was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $113,001 secured bond.

Trader was not located and is currently wanted on similar drug charges in connection with this incident. Police said is also wanted on firearm and related charges out of DSP Troop 4 from a separate incident that occurred on May 3 near Selbyville when he fled from a traffic stop in which a handgun was located in a car in which he was a passenger. The Sussex County Court of Common Pleas has also placed a capias for his arrest for failure to appear for a trial.

Anyone with information on Trader's whereabouts is asked to contact Cpl. M. Morgan at (302) 856-5850, ext. 381 or by utilizing the DSP Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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