A 19-year-old Odessa man was arrested early Friday morning on drug charges and other offenses following a traffic stop near New Castle.
Bryan Hines, a resident of North Fourth Street in Odessa, was driving a silver Nissan Altima in the Manor Park neighborhood near the Interstate 295/U.S. Route 13 interchange about 1:45 a.m. when officers noticed that his female passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, New Castle County Police Department spokesman Cpl. John Weglarz said in a release issued Monday.
When police stopped the car, Hines attempted to exit the vehicle and was ordered to remain inside with the door closed, Weglarz said.
Officers also reported that Hines was shaking uncontrollably, stuttered and appeared to be nervous.
After smelling marijuana in the vehicle, officers conducted a search of the car and found nearly 14.5 grams of marijuana concealed in a container with a false bottom, a digital scale with marijuana residue inside the center console and several unused glassine bags in the glove compartment, Weglarz said.
Police also learned that Hines was driving on a suspended license.
He is charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was cited for driving on a suspended license and a seat belt violation.
Hines later was released on a $20,700 secured bail.