Officers confiscated 357 bags of heroin.
Delaware State Police troopers and probation officers with the Kent County Governor's Task Force have arrested a Dover couple on a number of drug-related charges.
Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the arrests were made around 4:25 p.m. Thursday, March 2 when officers made a traffic stop south of Smyrna.
Upon conducting the stop, Ginna M. Grocki, 32, was contacted in the driver's seat, while Charles W. Pernot III, 42, was in the passenger's seat.
A computer check showed Grocki's driver's license was suspended and both were on probation. They were asked to exit their car and upon doing so officers noted Grocki had a large bulge in the front of her pants. Although questioned several times, Grocki continually denied the bulge contained drugs. However, it eventually was revealed the bulge was a large plastic bag containing 338 bags (2.366 grams) of heroin. A female trooper found an additional three bags in Grocki’s brassiere along with six additional bags of the drug in her purse.
In all, officers seized 347 bags, or 2.429 grams of heroin, Fournier said.
Taken to Troop 3, Grocki was charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (heroin), tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution, second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Subjected to a more invasive search after arriving at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution, she additionally was charged with tampering with physical evidence, promoting prison contraband, possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and possession of drug paraphernalia. The search turned up an additional 12 bags of heroin totaling 0.084 grams, Fournier said.
Grocki remains confined in lieu of a $55,500 secured bond.
Pernot is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (heroin), possession of a controlled substance (heroin), second-degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He is being held at the Vaughn Correctional Center on a $52,500 secured bond.