North East traffic stop yields ‘meth,’ four arrests
— Four people are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in North East led to the confiscation of methamphetamine — which clearly had been packaged for sale — cocaine and a shotgun, according to Cecil County District Court records.
“The clear plastic baggies of suspected methamphet-
amine contained written dollar amounts, marking the CDS (controlled dangerous substance) for sale,” the arresting officer, Maryland State Police Trooper Charles Tittle, wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Tittle stopped a Chevrolet GMC Sonoma occupied by the four suspects on eastbound East Cecil Avenue about 12:45 a.m. Friday, because the pickup truck had a malfunctioning brake light, and then he spoke with the driver, North East-area resident Denise Renee Keithley, 48, police reported.
Keithley explained that she was driving the three men in her truck to the Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park near Elkton, a few miles east of the traffic stop, police said.
Investigators identified those men as front-seat passenger Leroy Elsworth Warner, 20, of Port Deposit; Rockie Allen Poe, a 22-yearold Elkton-area resident who was seated directly behind Warner in the rear passenger’s side seat; and rear driver’s side passenger David Anthony Blakely, 21, of North East, police added.
“While speaking with the driver, she appeared to be nervous, shaking and failing to make eye contact with me. The other male passengers also appeared to be nervous... Warner looked directly down at his feet during the entire initial,” Tittle wrote in his report, which indicates that he believed “criminal activity was afoot.”
Because of “the host of criminal indicators,” which included multiple air-fresheners hanging from the rearview mirror, the trooper summoned Ofc. Matthew Nussle of the Elkton Police Department K-9 Unit and his specially-trained scent dog, Rommel, police said.
Rommel alerted to the presence of illegal drugs while scanning the outside of the vehicle, which prompted investigators to search the truck, police added.
Investigators seized 10 baggies of methamphetamine, which, commonly called “meth,” were inside a prescription bottle that searchers found under the rear passenger’s seat, court records allege. They also confiscated an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun, which searchers found in the rear passenger’s seat, court records show.
During a secondary search of Keithley at the MSP North East barrack, a female officer found a baggie containing suspected crack cocaine stashed in Keithley’s bra, police reported.
“Keithley made a free and voluntary statement that Warner handed her the suspected cocaine when I initiated the traffic stop and told her to hide it on her per- son,” Tittle noted in charging documents.
Poe maintained that Warner had made a similar request of him concerning the meth, according to court papers.
“Poe stated that during the course of the traffic stop, Warner slid the prescription bottle containing the suspected methamphetamine behind him and to Poe’s foot. Poe stated that Warner advised him to hide the bottle and to take the charge for him,” court records allege.
Investigators found a hypodermic syringe and a clear plastic baggie, both of which showed “trace amounts” of heroin, inside Blakely’s pocket while searching him, police said.
Warner, who remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $175,000 bond on Tuesday, is facing five charges, including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, court records show.
In lieu of $7,500 bond, Poe also also remained in the county jail on Tuesday, according to court records.
Keithley is free on a $7,500 bond that she posted on Monday, after spending the weekend in jail, court records show.
Blakely also is free, having been released on personal recognizance after he was issued a criminal summons charging him with possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to court records.