Pedestrian stop leads to drug arrest

Xzavier Hovington

MAGNOLIA — A 20-year-old Magnolia man was arrested on drug charges following a Wednesday afternoon pedestrian stop, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Authorities said the incident occurred at approximately 4:10 p.m., when the Kent County Governor’s Task Force were on patrol on Mill Chop Lane and saw a person allegedly commit a pedestrian violation. A stop was initiated and Xzavier Hovington was contacted. Mr. Hovington told troopers that he had a scale concealed in his pants, police said.

A further search revealed that Mr. Hovington was in possession of 199 bags of suspected heroin. He was found to be on probation.

Dover Probation and Parole conducted an administrative search of Mr. Hovington’s residence in the 900 block of Dinah Corner Road. During this search, an additional 271 additional bags of suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia were located and seized, police said.

Two possession charges each included with intent to deliver a controlled substance, controlled substance in a Tier 1 quantity and drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence and pedestrian walking and not facing traffic.

Mr. Hovington was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $10,201 cash only bond.

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