'Routine' traffic stop yields 10 pounds of marijuana

WILMINGTON, Del. - October 17, 2012

Police say it was approximately 9:35 Tuesday night when officers observed a green four door sedan spin its tires on the 200 block of E. 12th Street, creating a loud screeching sound. After a quick check it was found that the vehicle was unregistered.

Officers conducted a traffic stop, and upon approaching the car police found the driver attempting to conceal something under the driver seat.

The driver, identified as 35-year-old Richard Dillard of Appleby Road in New Castle, was escorted out of the vehicle. A search under the seat revealed a sandwich bag containing marijuana.

Dillard's person was then searched, at which time officers located $1,384 cash. He was placed in custody without incident.

Officers called for a tow truck to impound the vehicle due to being unregistered. During a routine inventory search of the vehicle, officers located one pound of marijuana inside of an open book bag in the rear seat. As the search continued the officers located two five-gallon buckets containing a total of nine pounds of marijuana.

The street value for the amount of marijuana found is estimated to be worth $50,000.

Dillard, who is a convicted drug offender, is charged with Trafficking Marijuana, Possession with Intent to Deliver, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Improper Take Off, Unregistered Motor Vehicle, and Driving with No Insurance.

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