A Middletown man is facing multiple charges including alleged weapon and drugs violations after police stopped his vehicle on Monday north of town.
According to Delaware State Police, at a about 6:55 a.m. a trooper on routine patrol observed that the driver of a green 1998 Pontiac Grand Am had failed to secure his seatbelt as he was traveling on southbound U.S. Route 13 near Marl Pit Road.
After the trooper stopped the car and spoke with the driver, he smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Kyair Benson, 18, of Middletown, failed to show the trooper his driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of motor vehicle insurance when asked. The trooper then had Benson exit the vehicle at which time a search of the car was conducted.
Police said that during the search, the trooper located a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum handgun and approximately 10.4 grams of marijuana packaged for sale in the glove box of the car.
Benson was arrested and taken to Troop 9 in Odessa where he was charged with possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and several traffic offenses.
Benson was arraigned at JP Court 2 and released on $8,150 unsecured bail.