Police: Loaded gun, drugs and mask found in traffic stop

LINCOLN — A loaded firearm, drugs and a ski mask were located during a Friday afternoon traffic stop that brought two arrests, authorities said.
State Police spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said a vehicle with unauthorized tinted windows was seen on Dupont Boulevard in the area of Johnson Road at approximately 2:13 p.m.

Troopers on a proactive patrol contacted the vehicle’s occupants and detected an odor of marijuana, police said. A passenger was allegedly seen trying to conceal items under his seat, Sgt. Bratz said.

Chad W. Roundtree, 25, of Lincoln, was identified as the driver and Jefferson A. Ramirez-Rodriguez, of Lincoln, found to be the passenger, police said.

Troopers said a computer check found that Mr. Roundtree was wanted on an active capias for failure to pay of the Sussex County Court of Common pleas. He was arrested without incident, police said.

Chad W. Roundtree

Police said Mr. Ramirez-Rodriguez was found with $157 in suspected drug proceeds and a firearm was found in the vehicle. Marijuana, a loaded handgun, ski mask and drug paraphernalia were also located, according to authorities.

Mr. Ramirez-Rodriguez was arrested without incident and transported with the driver to Troop 7 in Lewes.

Charges included possession of a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by person prohibited, possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia not related to personal use marijuana. Mr. Roundtree was also charged with operating a vehicle with aftermarket tint without a tint waiver.

Jefferson A. Ramirez-Rodriguez

Both men were processed and arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in default of a $21,500 secured bond.

Fifth DUI charge lodged against Georgetown man
REHOBOTH BEACH — A 52-year-old Georgetown man was charged with a fifth offense DUI following a welfare check at a restaurant early Saturday afternoon, police said.

Delaware State Police were called to the scene at 18585 Coastal Highway and found that Christopher L. Goff was slumped over with a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, spokesman Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

Troopers were told that Mr. Goff had arrived in his vehicle and ordered food before sitting down and nodding in and out consciousness at approximately 12:29 p.m.

Christopher L. Goff

Police said the man was unresponsive after several attempts to check his welfare. After he awoke, police said, Mr. Goff appeared to be intoxicated and in fact showed multiple signs of impairment.

A DUI investigation was initiated and a computer inquiry revealed he had four previous DUI convictions, police said.

Mr. Goff was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 7 in Lewes He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on a $6,000 secured bond.

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