Norristown Man Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges in Delaware

Charles RiddickCharles Riddick /Submitted Image

LAUREL, DE — Delaware State Police announced the arrest of a 46-year-old  man on gun and drug charges after he was stopped in Laurel for an expired registration.

Charles Riddick of Norristown, Pennsylvania, a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms, has been charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony), Possession of a Firearm While Possessing a Controlled Substance (Felony), Possession of a Controlled Substance, and additional related criminal offenses.

The criminal complaint alleges that on August 20, 2023, at approximately 10:03 p.m., a trooper on patrol observed a black Volvo sedan traveling northbound on Sussex Highway just south of Gordy Road. The car’s registration had expired in October 2021, and the trooper stopped the Volvo on Sussex Highway. The trooper spoke with the driver and registered owner, identified as Charles Riddick, and discovered that Riddick had a suspended driver’s license.

The trooper searched the car prior to it being towed from the scene. During the search, the trooper found a loaded handgun, a set of brass knuckles, approximately .15 grams of cocaine, and drug paraphernalia.

Riddick was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $31,275 cash bond.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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