Central Delaware
Woodside traffic stop yields guns, drugs
Stephen Obeda (Delaware State Police photo)

WOODSIDE – A 29-year-old Felton man was arrested Friday night after firsts being seen traveling in a vehicle with no headlights on Walnut Shade Road west of U.S. 13, police said.

Drug and weapons charges followed for Stephen Obeda, one of four occupants in a 1998 Nissan Altima stopped at 7:10 p.m. by a Delaware State Police trooper.

Mr. Obeda was a rear seat passenger found in possession of drugs and two guns, Cpl. John Day said.

After Mr. Obeda was taken into custody, police said, a vehicle search located 39 small bags of heroin (.78 grams) and 26 grams of marijuana in the back seat. Also found were two handguns, wrapped in a towel, one with a serial number removed.

Obeda was transported to DSP Troop 3, and authorities said 195 bags (3.9 grams) of heroin were found in a search of his residence, Cpl. Day said.

Charges included possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance in a tier 2 quantity, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Obeda was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna on $85,250 secured bail.

Cpl. Day said two passengers were found with small amounts of marijuana and heroin, and were charged with misdemeanor drug crimes. The driver was issued a traffic summons, according to police.