Elkton warrant arrest leads to confiscation of herion
— 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
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.”
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.