DEWEY BEACH — Three Pennsylvania men were arrested in Dewey Beach for having cigarettes containing Salvia divinorum.
The arrests were made about 3:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sea Esta IV Motel, where police were called to investigate a possible burglary, Dewey Beach police spokesman Sgt. Clifford Dempsey said today.
A guest staying at the motel at 3101 Highway One told officers that someone had kicked in the door to an adjacent room and three men were inside.
Officers, assisted by Resort Patrol Security, went to the room and found pieces of the door lying on the ground, Dempsey said.
When they knocked on the door, they could see the occupants quickly moving around, hiding items in the room.
In plain view, officers saw what they thought were marijuana cigarettes and one of the occupants smashing them into the carpet with his foot.
Darren Moses, 26, Christopher Tate, 24, and William Tate, 27, all of Boothwyn, were arrested on charges of possession of a Schedule I non-narcotic and possession of drug paraphernalia.
An investigation determined the cigarettes smashed into the floor contained Salvia divinorum, a psychoactive herb that can induce strong dissociative effects.
The trio were released on criminal summons to appear in court at a later date.
By TERRI SANGINITI
August 18, 2009