Man gets 18 months for pound of heroin

Cecil Whig - - OBITUARIES & LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ELK­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

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