On November 13, Winchester Police Department (WPD) officers initiated a routine traffic stop which resulted in the seizure of over four ounces of crack cocaine and more than $5,900 in US Currency.
At approximately 5:45 p.m., a WPD officer initiated a traffic stop for illegal tinted windows in the 600 block of Berryville Avenue. While trying to obtain information from the driver, a second WPD officer stopped to assist. The second officer observed through the window a bag appearing to contain crack cocaine inside the vehicle.
After placing the driver under arrest, officers searched the suspect and vehicle and found the following:
- White rock substance totaling over 4.6 ounces
- Clear baggies located inside vehicle
- Three cell phones (two LG and one Samsung)
- Over $5,900 in US Currency
- Two digital scales, 20 gauge shotgun slug, plastic spoon with white powder residue
Since the suspect could not produce identification, officers were able to locate the suspect’s social security number and identify him as Darren Banks, 35, of Winchester. Banks was also driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI.
Banks, who was charged with possession with intent to distribute and driving with a revoked driver’s license, was transported to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.