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  • Delaware State Troopers seize 8 pounds of marijuana in Route 1 traffic stop near Odessa

  • A traffic stop on Route 1 north of Odessa late Tuesday night resulted in troopers seizing eight pounds of marijuana and arresting two men.
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  • A traffic stop on Route 1 north of Odessa late Tuesday night resulted in troopers seizing eight pounds of marijuana and arresting two men.
    At 11:56 p.m., Delaware State Troopers stopped a Chevrolet Malibu that was speeding on southbound Route 1 in the area of Pole Bridge Road near Boyd's Corner.
    The driver, Steven Verley, 24, of Millsboro, had a suspended driver's license. His passenger, Dontel Brown, 26, of Seaford, provided a fictitious name.
    The troopers also noticed a strong odor of marijuana and air fresheners coming from the vehicle.
    The troopers asked both men to get out of the vehicle. When Brown stepped out, troopers saw a small amount of marijuana fall from his shirt onto the ground.
    Both defendants were detained and a search of the vehicle was performed. A small bag of marijuana was found in the center console. In the trunk, troopers discovered eight bags containing a combined weight of 8.2 pounds of marijuana. Troopers also seized $1,622 cash from men.
    Verley and Brown were taken to Troop 9 in Odessa and charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier 3 quantity, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and conspiracy second degree, police said.
    Additionally, Brown was charged with criminal impersonation, and Verley was charged with speeding and driving while his license was suspended.
    Verley was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $16,000 cash and $5,000 secured bail. Brown was committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on $10,000 cash and $1,500 secured bail.
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