Police: Suspects stashed heroin in diaper bag
— A man and his girlfriend are facing drug charges after investigators raided their Elkton-area home and confiscated more than 400 packets of heroin — some of which had been stashed in their baby’s diaper bag “among baby bottles, diapers and clothing,” according to Cecil County District Court records.
Members of Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit conducted the raid about 3 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Whitmore Drive, after developing the residents, Robert Wallace Bacon, 28, and Tina Marie Boyd, 24, as suspects during an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Thomson Estates neighborhood, the same community in which Bacon and Boyd live, police reported.
Bacon and Boyd were present when MSP
investigators arrived to conduct the search, and they were arrested at the scene, police said. Also present were two of their three young children, as well as an upstairs roommate who had been ruled out as a suspect, police added.
(On Wednesday afternoon, an investigator reported that a family member of one of the suspects had taken temporary custody of the three children and that the case will be referred to the Cecil County Department of Social Services.)
Charging papers allege that the searchers found illegal drugs throughout the suspects’ residence.
“Located next to a sofa in the living room was a gray and green diaper bag that contained (among baby bottles, diapers and clothing) 10 bundles of heroin stamped ‘TZUNAMI,’ weighing 34.5 grams and in another pouch were two bags of marijuana and a glass container of marijuana weighing 33 grams,” court records allege.
A bundle typically contains about 13 small packets of heroin.
In addition, searchers found 23 bundles of heroin — also bearing the street brand name of TZUNAMI — contained in the couple’s closet, police said. The heroin contained in those 23 bundles weighed 91 grams, police added.
On top of a dresser in the couple’s bedroom, investigators also found three baggies of TZUNAMI heroin, a bag containing 3.5 grams of marijuana, eight prescription painkillers and six strips of Suboxone, which is an opiate used to treat heroin addiction and to relieve pain, police reported.
Investigators confiscated an additional 20 grams of marijuana on a desk in the attached garage and inside a kitchen drawer, according to police.
The total weight of the seized heroin was about 125 grams, or more than 4 ounces, and the total weight of the confiscated marijuana was 57 grams, about 2 ounces, court records show.
Investigators also confiscated $1,100 that Bacon had on him at the time of the raid, as well as $67 found in the couple’s bedroom, police reported.
Bacon and Boyd agreed to be interviewed by MSP investigators, after they were taken to the North East barrack, court records show.
“Among the things that Bacon stated was that the heroin was his and that he sold it to ‘make ends meet,’ while he only smoked the marijuana himself. Boyd stated that she was aware that Bacon was selling (drugs), but did not approve of it,” court records allege.
Investigators reported that the confiscated heroin and marijuana had been “packaged in a manner and in sufficient quantity to indicate the sale and distribution” of those drugs and that the denominations of the seized cash were “consistent with the sales of narcotics,” according to court records.
Bacon and Boyd remained in the Cecil County Deten- tion Center on Thursday, each in lieu of a $350,000 bond, court records show.
Scheduled for a June 1 preliminary hearing, Bacon is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a large amount of heroin and three related offenses, according to court records.
Boyd, meanwhile, is charged with two counts of conspiracy to possess a controlled and dangerous substance with intent to distribute, one relating to heroin, the other relating to marijuana, police said. She is scheduled for a June 27 preliminary hearing, police added.
Vincent Cariello will retire from Cecil County Public Schools on June 30 after 38 years of service.