Police: Sus­pects stashed heroin in di­a­per bag

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Vincent Cariello will re­tire from Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools on June 30 af­ter 38 years of ser­vice.

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