Since January, officers with the Newark Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit have been investigating Thomas Alie, 21, of Middletown, and his involvement in the sale of drugs in Newark. Alie was advertising his drug sales on various social media platforms to University of Delaware students and soliciting buyers.
On September 11, 2021, at about 1710 hours, officers observed Alie commit a traffic violation on East Main Street at Choate Street. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Officers developed probable cause to search the vehicle and removed Alie from the vehicle. Alie ran from officers and was taken into custody after a short foot chase. Officers walked him to a patrol vehicle and began to search him. Alie, now handcuffed, attempted to flee again from officers and after a brief struggle was placed into a police car.
During the course of the arrest, three officers suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention.
Alie’s vehicle was searched and more than 25 grams of cocaine and over 370 grams of marijuana were located in the vehicle.
Alie was transported to Newark Police headquarters where he was charged with:
Alie appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $23,650 secured bail. Alie was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.