Seatbelt violation leads to heroin arrest near Dagsboro

Second suspect sought in incident, prior charges

A seatbelt violation led to the arrest of one man for heroin possession while another was being sought early this week after fleeing during the traffic stop near Dagsboro.

According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday, Aug. 9, around 4:05 p.m., as a Delaware State Police trooper on patrol observed a white Cadillac Deville in the area of Iron Branch Road, just south of Bunting Road, with the passenger unbelted.

Police said the trooper activated the emergency equipment on the patrol car in order to perform a traffic stop, and the passenger was observed throwing something, which was later determined to be a sleeve of suspected heroin, from the window.

As the Cadillac came to a stop on Bunting Road, police said, the passenger, who was later identified as Lynn D. Trader, 38 of Felton, opened the door and ran eastbound on Bunting Road.

The driver, Frederick H. Mitchell III, 35 of Milford, was taken into custody without incident. A search of his vehicle revealed 5,374 bags of suspected heroin, totaling more than 80 grams, 24.3 grams of suspected marijuana and more than $9,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Mitchell was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown, where he was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Conspiracy 2nd, Possession of Marijuana, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and a seatbelt violation. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $113,001 secured bond.

Trader was had not been located early this week and was still wanted for Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana, Conspiracy 2nd, Possession of Marijuana, three counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia from the incident.

Police noted that Trader is also wanted out of Troop 4 from a separate incident that occurred on May 3, near Selbyville, when he fled from a traffic stop during which a handgun was located in a car in which he was a passenger. The charges from May 3 include: Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, Possession of Marijuana and Resisting Arrest.

The Sussex County Court of Common Pleas has also placed a capias for Trader’s arrest for Failure to Appear for a Trial.

If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of Lynn D. Trader, they are being asked to contact Cpl. M. Morgan at (302) 856-5850, ext. 381, or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip application available to download at: http://www.delaware.gov/apps/. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the Internet at www.tipsubmit.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”