Lewes traffic stop leads to drug arrest

A Lewes man is behind bars after a traffic stop led police to find in possession of a BB gun and various drugs.

Around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police say a Delaware State Trooper was on routine patrol just west of Mulberry Knoll Road in Lewes when he observed a silver Honda Accord without its license plate light illuminated.

As police made contact with the driver Nicholas Exler, 21, the trooper says he immediately detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from inside of the car.

During the pat-down search of Exler, authorities found a large bundle containing 130 baggies of heroin stamped with the word “Fire” or “Fat Boy” on them, in the cargo pocket of Exler’s pants.

The trooper also located 3.8 grams of marijuana and 6.3 grams of cocaine inside of a plastic bag tucked into the rear of Exler’s pants, as well as over $275 in suspected drug sales. 

During a search of Exler’s vehicle,  a black BB gun which resembled a Glock semi-automatic hand gun was reportedly found under the front passenger seat.
Exler was arrested and charged with Possession with the Intent to Deliver Cocaine, Possession with the Intent to Deliver Heroin, two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 1 Quantity, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving with an Expired License, and Failure to Have a License Plate Light.

He was arraigned and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution for lack of $14,300.00 secured bail.

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