Two women are behind bars after police reportedly found more than $250,000 worth of cocaine and heroin in their car during a traffic stop on Del. Route 1 near Middletown on Thursday.
Javona Smith, a 35-year-old resident of Chesapeake, Va., and Sherita Nicks, a 40-year-old resident of New York City, are each facing drug charges following the traffic stop south of Middletown-Odessa Road just before 2 p.m.
According to Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day, a trooper stopped the women’s 2013 Toyota Corolla on southbound Route 1 after observing the car tailgating another vehicle and then change lanes without using a turn signal.
During the stop, Smith, who was driving, provided paperwork that indicated the car was a rental that was not authorized to leave Virginia.
The trooper then initiated a search of car after smelling burnt marijuana.
During the search, the troopers found a jacket in the trunk that held a plastic bag containing 170 grams of cocaine and 515 grams of heroin, Day said.
Detectives estimate the drugs are worth almost $70,000, and could have garnered up to a quarter-million dollars if packaged and sold in individual units, he said.
Smith and Nicks are each charged with possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity and second-degree conspiracy. Smith also was cited for following a motor vehicle too closely and failure to signal a lane change.
Smith is being held at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institute in Wilmington on a $54,002 secured bail, while Nicks is being held at the same location on a $54,000 secured bail.
Day said police later determined odor that prompted the search was the result of Smith smoking marijuana prior to driving.