After state police stopped a car because the front-seat passenger wasn't wearing a seat belt, they found 1.7 pounds of marijuana

Delaware State Police arrested a Dover man in Middletown after finding more than a pound of marijuana during a traffic stop Thursday night.

At about 10:30 p.m., state police pulled over a car because the front-seat passenger wasn't wearing a seat belt on Middletown-Warwick Road (U.S. Route 301) southbound near Main Street.

When police talked to the occupants of the car, they detected a strong odor of marijuana.

A passenger, Donte C. Massey, 29, of Dover, admitted to having a small amount of marijuana in his pants pocket, police said.

During a search of the vehicle, police found two large plastic bags containing a total of 1.7 pounds of marijuana. Massey admitted that all the marijuana was his, police said.

Massey was taken to state police Troop 9 in Odessa where he was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance in a tier-1 quantity, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Institution in lieu of $3,500 secured bail while awaiting another court appearance.