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Delaware State Police say they have arrested a Frederica man on multiple drug and weapon charges.

On Friday morning at around 6:15 a.m. the Delaware State Police Kent County Drug Unit conducted a traffic stop on N.E. Front Street in Milford. They were investigating 30-year-old Joseph Whaley who was subsequently taken into custody without incident.

Law enforcement then responded to the 200 Block of Market Street in Frederica to execute a residential search warrant at Whaley’s home. There were four juveniles present at the home. Authorities seized one .22 caliber handgun, five .22 caliber ammo rounds, 2 dosage units of a schedule 2 controlled substance, 1,441 bags of suspected fentanyl weighing approximately 10.087 grams and over 1,100 dollars in suspected drug proceeds. A follow up search of Whaley’s vehicle uncovered 16 bags of suspected fentanyl weighing around .112 grams and over 200 dollars in suspected drug proceeds.

Whaley was transported to DSP Troop 3 and charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, possession of ammunition by a prohibited person, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to distribute Tier 4 Fentanyl, possession of Tier 5 Fentanyl, 2 counts of possession with intent to distribute Tier 4 Fentanyl, possession of a Schedule 2 Controlled Substance available by prescription only, 3 counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and 4 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Whaley was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on $82,400 cash only bond.