The three suspects who were charged are from Dover, Newark and Wilmington.

A traffic stop Wednesday in Smyrna led to the arrest of three suspects and the discovery of more than 2,000 bags of heroin.

At about 8 p.m., a Smyrna police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for registration violations on U.S. Route 13 at Monrovia Avenue.

During the stop, the officer determined that illegal substances might be in the vehicle.

Officers conducted a search, which resulted in the location and seizure of 2,405 bags of heroin, about 16.8 grams, packaged for sale, police said.

Officers also located and seized $1,343 in cash which is suspected of being the proceeds from illegal drug sales, police said.

Officers took James Dobbins, 30, of Dover, Kiree Wise, 27, of Newark, and John White, 28, of Wilmington into custody.

During the investigation, Dobbins escaped from the back of a patrol vehicle and fled on foot while handcuffed. He was found a short distance away in a wooded area by officers and a Smyrna police K9 team and re-secured after a brief struggle.

The three suspects were charged and arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 7.

Dobbins was charged with possessing a controlled substance in a tier-five quantity, resisting arrest with force/violence that injures or struggles with peace officer, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 and third-degree escape, police said. He was also wanted on burglary warrants by Delaware State Police and an administrative warrant from the Division of Probation and Parole. He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $23,000 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance. 

Wise was charged with possessing a controlled substance in a tier-five quantity and second-degree conspiracy, police said. He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $21,000 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.

White was charged with possessing a controlled substance in a tier-five quantity, second-degree conspiracy, driving while his license was suspended or revoked, failure to have automobile insurance identification in possession, fictitious or cancelled vehicle registration and operating a motor vehicle with aftermarket tint, police said. He was committed to the Department of Correction in lieu of $21,000 cash bond while awaiting another court appearance.