Two Del. men facing drug and weapons charges following early morning traffic stop
DOVER, Del. – Dover Police say they have arrested two people following a traffic stop early Monday morning.
Officers on patrol saw a driver run a red light at West Division Street and South New Street. A traffic stop was initiated, and officers made contact with the driver, 24-year-old Arthur Darden Jr., and two passengers that were in the vehicle at the time of the incident.
All three occupants were removed from the vehicle after police observed over 14 grams of marijuana in plain sight inside the vehicle. The front seat passenger, identified, as 47-year-old Phillip Waters, reportedly fled on foot as officers had the men exit the vehicle.
Waters was caught by nearby officers and found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and 2 grams of crack cocaine that was packaged for sale.
Darden was found to have a loaded handgun and a large hunting knife under the driver seat of the vehicle. A 12 gauge shotgun and a .45 ACP carbine pistol/rifle combo was found in the trunk of the car, along with several masks, knives, and a machete.
Darden is charged with possession of marijuana, carry concealed deadly weapon, three counts of possession of firearm by person prohibited, gang affiliation, and failure to stop at a red light.
Waters is charged with possession with intent to deliver crack cocaine, carry concealed deadly weapon, resisting arrest, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of firearm by person prohibited, and gang affiliation.
The rear passenger was not charged in the incident. Bond is not available for either suspect at this time.