State police arrest three from New York after traffic stop yields drugs, paraphernalia

The Delaware State Police have arrested three suspects after a traffic stop in Milford led to the discovery of drugs.

The incident occurred Tuesday, Oct. 23 at approximately 6:10 p.m. when a trooper observed a seat belt violation on the driver of a Dodge Caravan that was traveling northbound on US 113, south of Shawnee Road. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the operator, 36-year-old Corey Johnson of Far Rockaway, NY.

There were also two passengers in the vehicle, 52-year-old Kevin Smith of Rockaway, NY and 23-year-old Matthew Buckner of Mount Kisco, NY.  After obtaining conflicting statements from the occupants, along with the observation of a concealed police baton and an odor of marijuana, the subjects were detained and a search of the vehicle was conducted with the assistance of DNREC.

The following items were recovered from the vehicle:

  • 14 Forty Pound steel pressurized cylinder tanks found to illegally contain suspected Nitrous Oxide.
  • 26 bags of suspected heroin
  • 8 Suboxone strips
  • 3 Amphetamine pills
  • Over $4,000.00 in suspected drug proceeds
  • Several hundred balloons

Matthew Buckner

Kevin Smith

Corey Johnson

Johnson, Smith and Buckner were transported back to Troop 5 where they were charged with possession with intent to deliver a prescription drug not controlled, conspiracy in the second degree, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Smith was also charged with criminal impersonation for providing police with a false name. All three suspects were arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3. Buckner and Johnson were released on $10,200 unsecured bond and Smith was released on $11,200 unsecured bond.

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