Traffic Stop Leads to Drug and Weapon Arrest

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Delaware State Police arrested 18-year-old Tyre Thomas (pictured) of Laurel, DE and a juvenile male on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon.

On March 29th, 2022, at approximately 1:07 p.m., a trooper on patrol in Laurel, DE observed a white Cadillac traveling above the posted speed limit on Laurel Road in the area of Shiloh Church Road. A traffic stop was initiated and upon contact with the operator, identified as Tyre Thomas and the front seat passenger, a 15-year-old juvenile male, the trooper immediately detected an odor of marijuana emitting from inside of the vehicle.

The trooper asked the juvenile passenger to exit the vehicle, and a probable cause search of the juvenile’s person was conducted. During this search the trooper discovered that the juvenile was in possession of approximately 40 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and a loaded 9-millimeter Ruger handgun. It was learned that the handgun was reported stolen by Milford Police Department in September 2020.

During a subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the trooper also located approximately 25 grams of marijuana and a digital scale inside of a backpack.

The juvenile male and Thomas were transported to Troop 5 and charged with the following crimes:

15-year-old: Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony); Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon (Felony); Receiving a Stolen Firearm (Felony); Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony); Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

The juvenile was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 3 and committed to Stevenson House on $25,502 secured bond.

Tyre Thomas:  Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Speeding.

Thomas was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court # 3 and released on his own recognizance.


Source: DE State Police Newsroom


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