Traffic Stop Leads to Firearm Arrest

Posted on  12/03/2013 5:39 pm

Location:

  • 400 block West 9th Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Saturday, November 30, 2013, at approximately 7:33 p.m.

Defendant/Suspects:

  • Akeem Cropper, 23, 800 block Washington Street, Wilmington, Delaware
    • Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon
    • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited
    • Possession of Ammunition by a Person Prohibited
  • Raheim Hunter, 30, 200 block North Rodney Street, Wilmington, Delaware
    • Criminal Impersonation
    • Fugitive From Another State
  • Lakeisha Smith, 25, 300 block East 5th Street, Wilmington, Delaware
    • Failure to Reinstate License
    • Failure to Have Insurance Identification in Possession
    • Operation of an Unregistered Motor Vehicle
    • Driving While Suspended or Revoked

Summary:

Photo of Akeem CropperPolice arrested a convicted drug dealer carrying a concealed firearm following a traffic stop Saturday evening.

The incident occurred on November 30, at approximately 7:33 p.m., when Corporal James MacColl and Officer Brandon Mosley observed a silver Nissan Maxima operating with suspended registration in the 500 block of West 9th Street. The officers conducted a vehicle stop and made contact with the three occupants. An investigation determined that the driver, Lekeisha Smith, 23, was operating with a suspended license and had no proof of insurance. Passenger Raheim Hunter initially provided officers with a false name but the officers positively identified him and found that he had active warrant for violation of probation out of Pennsylvania. The officers ordered the occupants to exit the vehicle to make arrests and tow the vehicle. The officers conducted a safety pat down of the third passenger, Akeem Cropper, and located a loaded .38 caliber revolver concealed in his waistband. Cropper is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a prior felony drug dealing Photo of Raheim Hunterconviction.

Cropper was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.

Hunter was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 20 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution pending extradition to Pennsylvania.

Smith was issued multiple traffic citations and released.