Dagsboro traffic stop leads to arrest of California man on drug, other charges

DAGSBORO – A traffic stop conducted by town of Dagsboro police Sunday afternoon led the arrest of a 57-year-old California man on drug and other charges after authorities found more than 200 pounds of marijuana and more than a quarter of a million dollars in his pickup truck.

Charles Mulvihill

Charles Mulvihill of Ukiah, California was charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance in a Tier 5 Quantity; Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance; Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia; Driving without a Valid License; No Proof of Insurance; and Driving without an Interlock Device, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

On Sunday, April 14, at approximately 1:36 p.m., an officer from the Dagsboro Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a tan Ford F-250 pick-up truck with California tags on DuPont Boulevard in the limits of Dagsboro after it was determined the operator was driving with a suspended California driver’s license.

The officer contacted Mulvihill, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, who confirmed that his license was not valid and that he had no proof insurance for the vehicle. It was also determined that the vehicle was supposed to be equipped with an ignition interlock device, which it was not.

A subsequent search of the passenger compartment of the vehicle produced a prescription bottle containing oxycodone pills, which were not prescribed to Mulvihill, along with an electronic money counter, several ledgers and $1,000 cash, which was concealed under the dashboard, Cpl. Austin said.

More than 200 pounds of marijuana and $276,570 in cash found by authorities in a traffic stop that led to the arrest of a California man Sunday in Dagsboro.

In a search of the bed of the truck, authorities found six large duffel bags concealed under a tarp, which Mulvihill said contained marijuana. Further inspection confirmed that within the duffel bags were 98 vacuum sealed bags containing various quantities of marijuana with a total weight of approximately 212.09 pounds, Cpl. Austin said.

Taken into custody without incident, Mulvihill and the vehicle were both transported to Troop 4 where the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit assisted with the investigation.

During a more thorough search of the vehicle, detectives discovered a large military-style ammunition box welded to the undercarriage of the truck. The box proved to contain $276,570 in cash packaged in multiple plastic bags.

Mulvihill was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $81,701 secured bail.

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