Del. traffic stop leads to discovery of a weapon

Watkins (left), Holland (right)

DOVER, Del. – Delaware State Police arrested three people following a traffic stop on Wednesday.

At around 9:40 PM, a trooper noticed a 2005 Gray Buick Lacrosse traveling above the posted speed limit, going southbound on Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway near the Dover toll plaza. The trooper then initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, 18-year-old Tilaiya M. Holland, of Middletown, along with two passengers, 18-year-old Kiara N. Watkins, of Dover, and a 17-year-old juvenile.

The trooper detained all three occupants and initiated a search of the vehicle after observing an odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle. Watkins became disorderly and attempted to kick out the rear window of the Trooper’s patrol car.

A subsequent search led to the discovery of a loaded 9 mm handgun, a box of Remington ammunition containing 33 rounds, and .1 grams of marijuana, in the vehicle.

All three suspects were taken to Troop 3, each facing several charges.

Holland was arraigned and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $26,252 secured bond.

Watkins was also arraigned and committed to the Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution on $26,750 secured bond.

The juvenile was arraigned and released to a guardian.

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