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 on Thursday arrested a Dover man in Middletown after finding more than a pound of marijuana during a traffic stop.

Division spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said the case began at about 10:30 p.m. June 28 on Warwick Road, near Main Street.

A trooper pulled over a car because the front passenger was not wearing a seatbelt, Austin said. The trooper also smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, he said.

One of the passengers, identified as Donte C. Massey, 29, admitted to having a small amount of pot in his pants pocket, leading to a police search of the vehicle.

As a result, troopers seized two large plastic bags containing 1.7 pounds of marijuana; Massey allegedly claimed the drugs belonged to him.

Troopers charged Massey 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 committed to the Vaughn Correctional Institution in lieu of a $3,500 secured bail, Austin said.