The three men arrested were all from New York state.
The Delaware State Police have arrested three suspects after a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at approximately 6:10 p.m., when a trooper observed a seatbelt violation on the driver of a Dodge Caravan that was traveling north on US 113, south of Shawnee Road. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the operator, 36-year-old Corey Johnson of Far Rockaway, N.Y. There were also two passengers in the vehicle, 52-year-old Kevin Smith of Rockaway, N.Y., and 23-year-old Matthew Buckner of Mount Kisco, N.Y. After obtaining conflicting statements from the occupants, along with the observation of a concealed police baton and an odor of marijuana, the subjects were detained and a search of the vehicle was conducted with the assistance of DNREC.
The following items were recovered from the vehicle:
14 40-pound steel pressurized cylinder tanks found to illegally contain suspected nitrous oxide; 26 bags of suspected heroin; eight Suboxone strips; three amphetamine pills; over $4,000 in suspected drug proceeds; and several hundred balloons.
Johnson, Smith and Buckner were transported back to Troop 5 where they were charged with: possession with intent to deliver a prescription drug not controlled; conspiracy second degree; possession of a controlled substance (2 counts); possession of drug paraphernalia.
Smith was also charged with criminal impersonation for providing police with a false name.
All three suspects were arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3. Buckner and Johnson were released on $10,200 unsecured bond and Smith was released on $11,200.00 unsecured bond.