Traffic stop leads to three arrests in Bridgeville

BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – Delaware State Police say a traffic stop Thursday evening led to three arrests on weapon and drug charges.

A short time after 8 p.m., troopers conducting proactive patrol observed two vehicles traveling northbound on King Road in the area of Cavalry Lane, at a high rate of speed. The trailing vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, was reportedly following the vehicle in front at a close distance. The trooper was able to stop the Chevrolet on Coverdale Road north of Hastings Farm Road.

As the trooper approached the vehicle and made contact with the 23-year-old male driver, the odor of marijuana was detected inside the vehicle, and the handle of an AR-15 rifle was seen in plain view near the rear drivers’ side passenger, identified as 19-year-old Quadyr Whitney.

Whitney and the other three occupants were removed from the vehicle, and a criminal investigation ensued. The back seat passenger, identified as 19-year-old Jareon Smith, was taken into custody after a 9mm handgun and approximately .091 grams of heroin was found on his person. It was learned that the handgun in Smith’s possession was reported stolen on January 4th of this year with the Laurel Police Department.

The front seat passenger, identified as 23-year-old Jaquail Bland, was also found in possession of a fully loaded Glock 17 handgun with an extended magazine, as well as a loaded .380 handgun. A computer search revealed that Bland had active warrants out of Sussex County and Laurel Police Department.

Bland was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and two counts of carrying a concealed deadly weapon – a firearm. He was held at SCI on a $28,484 secured bond.

Smith was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited who also possesses a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon – a firearm, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was held at SCI on a $32,000 secured bond.

Whitney was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon – a firearm and released on a $7,500 unsecured bond. The 23-year-old male driver was issued a traffic summons for unreasonable speed and released.

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