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Middletown Transcript
  • Middletown-area traffic stop yields $400K of pure heroin, 83 grams of cocaine

  • Police say they seized about $400,000 worth of pure heroin and more than 80 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop on Del. Route 1 near Middletown on Wednesday.
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  • Police say they seized about $400,000 worth of pure heroin and more than 80 grams of cocaine during a traffic stop on Del. Route 1 near Middletown on Wednesday.
    “The seized heroin, due to its quantity and purity, is one of the most significant drug seizures made during a traffic stop, or elsewhere, by troopers,” Delaware State Police spokesman Cpl. John Day said.
    The drugs reportedly were discovered in the trunk of a 2014 Dodge Charger that was stopped for speeding on southbound Route 1, south of the Biddles Toll Plaza, about 3:45 p.m..
    During the traffic stop, a canine officer alerted troopers to the presence of drugs inside the car, Day said.
    A search of the vehicle turned up a bag in the trunk that contained 271 grams of pure heroin and 83.2 grams of cocaine.
    Day said troopers estimate the heroin could have yielded more than 40,000 individual bags of the drug after being diluted for sale on the street. Typically, heroin is sold in “bundles” of 13 bags, which together amount to about a gram of the drug.
    Day said the cocaine seized during the traffic stop has a street value of about $10,000.
    The driver, 35-year-old Michael Chandler of Philadelphia, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance in a Tier 5 quantity, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
    He is currently being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington on a $1,333,300 cash bail, Day said.
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