Simple Seat Belt Stop Uncovers Thousands of Bags of Heroin: Police

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    Two men were pulled over for a routine traffic stop in Dagsboro, Delaware when state police say they discovered large amounts of heroin and cash. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014)

    A simple seat belt stop turned into a big drug bust, according to Delaware State Police.

    Police say troopers found more than 5,000 packets of heroin in a car after a traffic stop in Dagsboro.

    It happened about 4 p.m. Saturday on Iron Branch Road. Police say a trooper saw a passenger riding in a car without a seat belt and the trooper pulled the vehicle over.

    Officers say when the car stopped, the passenger got out of the car and ran away. Police say the driver was taken into custody, and a search turned up the heroin, totaling more than 80 grams in 5,374 baggies. Troopers say they also found 24 grams of marijuana.

    The driver, 35-year-old Frederick Mitchell III of Milford was charged with drug offenses. Police are looking for the passenger, 38-year-old Lynn Trader of Felton.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. M. Morgan at (302)856-5850 ext. 381 or by contacting the mobile tip line by clicking here