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December 31, 2013

Two face drug charges after traffic stop

NEW CASTLE — Two people are facing charges after a traffic stop yielded suspected marijuana.

New Castle police arrested Waverly Torrale Primm, 26, of 132 Park Ave., and Edward Robert Lyles III, 38, of 407 Reis St. after pulling over a car driven by Lyles around 7 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Milton and East Washington streets.

The car’s registration plate was hanging from the back bumper by one screw, police said.

The officer who initiated the stop said he smelled marijuana as he approached the car. Both men were ordered out of the car and it was searched by drug dogs that indicated the presence of marijuana near the front seat.

As Lyles walked toward the back of the cruiser, he shook his right leg and a bag of suspected marijuana dropped from inside his pant leg, police said.

 Primm was kicking the back partition of the vehicle en route to the police station and the officer later found 10 packets of suspected marijuana weighing a total of 12.6 grams, and having a street value of about $200, where Primm’s feet had been.

Lyles and Primm are each charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lyles also was cited for improperly displaying his license plate.

They were arraigned by District Judge Melissa Amodie, who set their bond at $10,000 each.

Police said they intend to obtain a warrant to search the car.

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