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Middletown Transcript
  • Police find 26 pounds of weed in Middletown-area traffic stop

  • Two Philadelphia men are facing drug charges after police found 26 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their rental car during a traffic stop near the Biddles Toll Plaza on Friday.
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  • Two Philadelphia men are facing drug charges after police found 26 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of their rental car during a traffic stop near the Biddles Toll Plaza on Friday.
    The traffic stop occurred just south of the Del. Route 1 toll plaza northeast of Middletown about 1:45 p.m. after troopers running radar spotted a 2012 Ford Taurus speeding south on the freeway, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    The driver, 25-year-old Marquis Maddox, was not listed as an authorized driver of the rental car and a computer check revealed his Pennsylvania license had been suspended, Fournier said.
    As a result, troopers conducted an inventory search of the vehicle before having it towed.
    During the search, troopers discovered a large, sealed box that Maddox and his passenger, 30-year-old Torrance Lomax, declined to claim.
    A state police K-9 officer brought to the scene later indicated the package contained drugs.
    Police later obtained a search warrant to open the box, which was found to contain marijuana.
    Maddox and Lomax each are charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy.
    Maddox also was cited for speeding, driving without a valid license and driving with the consent of the owner.
    Both men are being held at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington in lieu of cash bonds, Fournier said.
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