Dasmen Fullman, 24, of Dover, was arrested Jan 1.

Delaware State Police have arrested a Dover man after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a loaded handgun and illegal drugs.

Division spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said a trooper made the stop at about 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1 on Charles Polk Road in Rodney Village.

The driver was identified as Caleb Ford, 24, of Frederica, Alicia Young, 29, of Dover and Dasmen Fullman, 24, of Dover, she said.

As troopers went up to the car, they spotted a plastic sandwich bag containing marijuana out in plain sight, Jaffe said. Ford and Young complied with orders to get out of the car, but Fullman disobeyed and tried to run away. As he did, he dropped the loaded 9mm handgun and a loaded 9 mm magazine, she said. He was taken into custody despite his attempt to flee, Jaffe added.

All three were taken into custody and a search of the car turned up 4.72 grams of marijuana.

Fullman is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm/ammunition by a person prohibited, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, resisting arrest, tampering with physical evidence, offensive touching, and possession of marijuana.

He was ordered held at the Vaughn Correctional Center, Smyrna, on a $45,000 cash bond.

Ford and Young were arrested based on outstanding bench warrants, but were not charged in connection with this case, Jaffe said.