Dover PD: Two gang members arrested

DOVER — Two men with alleged gang connections were arrested on drug and weapons charges following an early morning traffic stop Monday, Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Authorities said Arthur Darden Jr., 24, of Laurel, was driving a vehicle that ran a red light on West Division Street at the South New Street area intersection at 12:28 a.m.

A traffic stop ensued, police said, with Mr. Darden and two passengers removed from the vehicle after officers allegedly saw 14.1 grams of marijuana in plain sight.

Police said the front seat passenger (later identified as Phillip Waters, 47) fled on foot from the vehicle as the men exited.

Nearby officers took Mr. Waters into custody, police said. He was allegedly found in possession of a loaded handgun and two grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale.

Mr. Darden was allegedly found with a loaded handgun, police said, and a large hunting knife was located under the driver’s seat.

As the vehicle search continued, police said a 12-gauge shotgun and .45-caliber ACP carbine pistol/rifle combination was found in the car’s trunk.

Arthur Darden Jr.

Several masks, knives and a machete were located inside the car, police said.

The rear seat passenger was not charged.

Charges against Mr. Darden included gang affiliation, possession of marijuana, carry concealed deadly weapon, possession of firearm by person prohibited (three counts), and failure to stop at red light. Bond information was not immediately available.

Mr. Waters was charged with gang affiliation, possession with intent to deliver cocaine, carry concealed deadly weapon, resisting arrest, possession of firearm during commission of felony and possession of firearm by person prohibited.

Bond information was unavailable.

Gang member identification

According to authorities in general terms, a person is identified as a criminal gang member when he or she admits to it or meets at least three of the following criteria:

•Is identified as a gang member by a parent or guardian.

•Is identified as a gang member by one or more gang members.

Phillip Waters

•Is identified as a gang member by a documented reliable informant.

•Frequents a particular gang’s area.

•Is identified as a gang member by an informant of previously untested reliability and such identification is corroborated by independent information.

•Has been arrested more than once in the company of identified gang members.

•Is identified as a gang member by physical evidence such as photographs or other documentation.

•Has been stopped in the company of known gang members two or more times.

•Is tattooed with a gang logo and/ or wears clothing which bears gang identification or is found with any gang paraphernalia.


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