Smyrna traffic stop leads to heroin arrests


DOVER — Two Dover residents are facing drug charges after 347 bags of heroin were allegedly located following a traffic stop on March 4, authorities said in a probable cause affidavit.

Delaware State Police stopped a vehicle driven by Ginna M. Grocki, 32, on U.S. 13 in Smyrna for a suspended license and failure to signal a turn at 4:26 p.m., according to papers. She was joined by passenger Charles W. Pernot III, 42.

As Ms. Grocki exited a vehicle, a trooper said he saw “a large odd shaped bulge” in her pants at the base of her stomach, documents said.

Troopers searched the vehicle before it was towed to the scene and allegedly located four syringes, six bags of suspected heroin, a shoe lace, spoon, and several blue and white stamped wax paper bags in Ms. Grocki’s purse. The bags were labeled “Target” and “New World” according to the affidavit.

Ms. Grocki was taken into custody and she told troopers she did not have any drugs on her, the affidavit read. Police told her of a concern that “the bulge in the front of her pants was a large quantity of heroin.” She continued to deny possession of drugs, a trooper said in documents.

Gina M. Grocki

Eventually, according to police, Ms. Grocki exited a patrol vehicle, handcuffs were removed and a large plastic bag containing suspected heroin was found.

After being taken to Troop 3, Ms. Grocki was found with several syringes and three bags of suspected heroin in her clothing, police said.

Police said 5.205 grams of heroin were located, a Tier 5 quantity. The drug paraphernalia was logged into evidence and all syringes were destroyed, papers said.

Charles W. Pernot III

Ms. Grocki was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (heroin), tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was additionally charged with tampering with physical evidence, promoting prison contraband, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia after she arrived at Delores J. Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle and was allegedly found with another 12 bags of heroin during a more invasive search, police said. She was committed to the prison on a $55,500 secured bond.

Mr. Pernot was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (heroin), second-degree conspiracy, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arraigned at JP Court in Dover 2 and committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $52,500 secure bond.

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