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Traffic Stop Leads To Marijuana Arrests In Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. - Delaware State Police say they have arrested two Philadelphia men after a traffic stop leads to a large amount of marijuana.

According to reports, the incident began around 1:45 PM Friday afternoon as 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 reportedly conducted just south of the toll plaza and contact was made with the operator, Marquis L. Maddox.  Police say 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.  A computer check reportedly also revealed that his license was suspended out of Pennsylvania.  Due to the circumstances of the traffic stop, a tow truck was allegedly requested and an inventory search was conducted on the vehicle prior to it being towed.  Located in the trunk of the Taurus was a large box which reportedly neither of the two occupants, including passenger Torrance R. Lomax, were able to claim.  A state police K9 from Troop 9 was reportedly dispatched to the stop and alerted positively on the package indicating there were drugs.

Police say the vehicle was towed back to Troop 9 where a search warrant was obtained on the vehicle.  Troopers conducted a search on the car which yielded approximately 26 lbs of marijuana enclosed in the sealed box.

Maddox and Lomax were reportedly taken into custody at the scene and were transported back to Troop 9 where they were formally charged with the above offenses.  Police say they were arraigned at JP11 and committed to HRYCI in lieu of cash bonds.

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