Delaware State Police announced today that a months-long investigation into ecstasy (MDMA) and marijuana dealing resulted in the arrest of a Wilmington man last week after a car chase.
On Sept. 17, members of the New Castle County Drug Unit and Governor's Taskforce attempted to stop Michael E. Irwin, 31, of Wilmington, in the parking lot of a business by the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Milltown Road.
As detectives approached Irwin's car, Irwin put the car in reverse, struck a detective's vehicle, and then drove away at a high rate of speed.
Detectives pursued Irwin and saw him throw a bag out of the window of his vehicle. Detectives were able to stop Irwin at the intersection of Kirkwood Highway and Delaware Park Boulevard. Irwin refused to exit his vehicle and fought with detectives as they took him into custody.
Detectives retrieved the bag Irwin threw from his vehicle and found it contained 25.3 grams of powdered ecstasy. Detectives also used a search warrant at Irwin's home, where his one-month-old son was staying, and recovered 30.7 grams of marijuana, 2.3 grams of ecstasy, and drug dealing paraphernalia.
Irwin was charged with possession of a controlled substance in a tier 5 quantity, three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, resisting arrest with force or violence, disregarding a police officer's signal, possession of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released after posting $17,500 secured bail to await another court appearance.