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Traffic Stop Leads to Gun Arrest

Incident Number: 50-22-22821

Date and Time: Sunday, July 24th, 2022 at 11:03 p.m.

Location: North DuPont Highway at College Road, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department arrested Elyas Tilghman (22) on firearms offenses during a traffic stop on Sunday night. At approximately 11:03 p.m., officers stopped Tilghman in the area of North DuPont Highway and College Road for a motor vehicle violation. During the stop, officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Tilghman told officers that there was marijuana in the vehicle and later admitted to having a handgun inside of the vehicle as well. During a search of the vehicle, officers located 4.3 grams of marijuana and a .38 caliber revolver under the drivers seat of the vehicle.

Tilghman was released on a $6,040 unsecured bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited (drug possession)
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Marijuana (civil)
-Drug Paraphernalia
-Traffic Offenses

Elyas Tilghman
Dover, DE

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