Man gets 18 months for pound of heroin
— A man caught with more than a pound of heroin inside his car during a traffic stop near Elkton last year received an 18-month sentence Monday.
Cecil County Circuit Court Administrative Judge Keith A. Baynes imposed the one-and-a-half-year sentence on Joshua Weldon King, 26, of the 100 block of Long Drive near Elkton, for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
King had pleaded guilty to that offense in February as part of a plea deal in which prosecutors dropped two related charges, including of possession of a large amount of heroin.
He will serve his 18-month term in the Cecil County Detention Center.
Assistant State’s Attorney Perry J. Seaman had recommended three years of incarceration for King, translating to the top of state sentencing guidelines in this case. Those guidelines, which are based on a de- fendant’s criminal record and other factors, set a penalty range of six months to three years of active incarceration for King.
King was arrested about 3 p.m. Sept. 21, after a Maryland State Police trooper stopped the black Chevrolet Cavalier that he was driving on Route 279 near Airport Road because King allegedly was following a vehicle too closely, police said.
Because the trooper noticed “numerous criminal indicators” during the traffic stop, police added, he dispatched a K-9 unit to scan the car. Court documents do not specify the indicators of criminal activity.
After the specially trained scent dog alerted to the presence of illegal drugs, investigators conducted a court-approved search and found two white paper packages containing 1,300 packets of heroin, court records show.
The heroin was parceled into 100 “bundles,” with each bundle holding 13 packets of the drug, police said.
Investigators also found 26 more baggies of heroin, contained in two bundles, while patting down King, police added.
The total weight of the confiscated heroin was 471 grams, which is nearly 17 ounces, police reported.