Elk­ton war­rant ar­rest leads to con­fis­ca­tion of herion

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A pa­trolling of­fi­cer spot­ted a wanted man in down­town Elk­ton on Tues­day and that led to his ar­rest and the con­fis­ca­tion of 45 bag­gies of heroin, po­lice re­ported.

The sus­pect, Ma­lik Ste­wart, 19, of Booth Street in Elk­ton, is charged with pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion of heroin, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

Ste­wart, who is sched­uled for a May 20 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $35,000 bond on Thurs­day.

Ofc. Gabriel Ri­molo, of the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment, was pa­trolling in the

ELK­TON

200 block of Dou­glas Street about 12: 30 p. m. Tues­day when he no­ticed Ste­wart lean­ing against a parked car, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.

Ri­molo, who was fa­mil­iar with Ste­wart, knew that the sus­pect was wanted on a bench war­rant is­sued by a judge af­ter Ste­wart al­legedly failed to ap­pear for court in an un­re­lated case, po­lice said. Af­ter ar­rest­ing Ste­wart on that bench war­rant with­out in­ci­dent, po­lice added, Ri­molo searched Ste­wart and found a plas­tic sand­wich bag hold­ing 45 pack­ets of heroin and $ 245.

The heroin was wrapped in four “bun­dles” held to­gether with rub­ber bands, and each bun­dle con­tained 12 to 13 small zi­plock bag­gies of heroin, po­lice re­ported.

“The pack­ag­ing of the sus­pected heroin, along with the cur­rency seized, is in­dica­tive of some­one be­ing in­volved in il­le­gal drug trans­ac­tions,” Zurolo said, adding, “The Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment con­tin­ues to ad­dress the il­le­gal drug trade with ag­gres­sive en­force­ment and a no­tol­er­ance ap­proach, with a spe­cific fo­cus on the ac­tual drug deal­ers. We are send­ing this mes­sage to any­one in­volved in the il­le­gal drug trade: Get out of Elk­ton or face the con­se­quences.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

This photo shows 45 pack­ets of heroin and cash seized by a pa­trolling Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cer, af­ter spot­ting a wanted man and ar­rest­ing him.

STE­WART

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