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Traffic Stop Leads to Firearms and Drug Arrest 8-31-2020

Incident Number: 50-20-21605

Date/Time:  Saturday, August 29th, 2020 at 7:06 p.m.

Location:  South Queen Street and West Reed Street, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

The Dover Police Department arrested two subjects for weapons and drug offenses during a traffic stop on Saturday, August 29th.  At approximately 7:09 p.m., officers on patrol stopped a Ford Explorer for a seat-belt violation.  When officers made contact with the driver (Daquan Watson, 20), they detected a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle.  Also inside the vehicle was Watson’s one-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old male suspect.  

During the traffic stop, Watson reached into a crevice between the center console and driver seat multiple times, despite officers instructing him to stop.  Watson was safely removed from the vehicle and a search led to the discovery of a loaded 9mm handgun in between the driver seat and center console that was later to determined to be reported stolen.  In addition to the weapon, officers located a combined 46 grams of marijuana in the vehicle and on the 13-year-old male suspect, several ski masks, and $127 in suspected drug proceeds. 

Watson was released after posting a $16,103 secured bond on the following charges:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Receiving Stolen Firearm 
-Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana
-Drug Paraphernalia
-Traffic Offenses

The 13-year-old suspect was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He was released to a family member after being charged.

Daquan Watson
Dover, DE