Traffic stop leads to major heroin bust in Long Neck
- Police recovered more than 1,200 bags of heroin Sunday following a chase that ended at Long Neck Elementary School.
Police recovered more than 1,200 bags of heroin Sunday following a chase that ended at Long Neck Elementary School.
Derrell D. Gibbs, a 22-year-old Dagsboro resident, was arrested on drug charges after the short pursuit, according to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
The incident began about 2:30 p.m. when a state trooper witnessed a blue Chevrolet Malibu commit a traffic violation while turning onto School Lane from Long Neck Road, Fournier said.
The trooper attempted to stop the Malibu, but the driver continued west on School Lane before coming to an abrupt stop in front of Long Neck Elementary School.
Fournier said a passenger in the car, later identified as Gibbs, jumped out of the car with a plastic bag in his hand and began running north toward the school’s soccer field.
The trooper began chasing Gibbs on foot, at which point the Malibu sped away.
Gibbs was taken into custody after dropping the bag as he rounded the northwest corner of the school, Fournier said.
Police later recovered the plastic bag, which contained 1,252 bags of heroin, totaling 31.3 grams, and assorted drug paraphernalia, he said.
Gibbs is charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, conspiracy, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held at the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on an $81,600 secured bond.
Fourner the driver of the Malibu has not been identified and an investigation is ongoing.