Arrest leads to crack cocaine, loaded handgun
— A man is facing several drug and firearm charges after investigators confiscated nearly an ounce of crack cocaine and a loaded handgun from him in Perryville, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit were conducting a covert patrol detail near the intersection of Front Street and Elm Street about 2:15 p.m. Friday, when they spotted the suspect — Tony A. Griffin, 31, of the 100 block of Innkeeper Court near Elkton — as he drove a gray Dodge Stratus into an empty parking lot and then backed up, police said.
MSP GEU members had been conducting surveillance there because Perryville Police Department officers had reported that “this particular intersection is a high drug sales and drug use area,” police added.
Investigators recognized Griffin, the vehicle’s sole occupant, through his previous
contacts with police, court records show. They were aware that Griffin had an unrelated outstanding warrant charging him with attempting to elude a uniformed police officer, which had been issued to the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, according to police.
When the GEU members turned on their unmarked vehicles’ emergency lights and approached, Griffin tried to elude them by driving recklessly through the parking lot, before bailing out and running away, police reported.
Griffin ran about 150 yards, before GEU officers caught and handcuffed him, police reported.
“While on the ground, Griffin was reluctant to bring his left arm from underneath his body. Once handcuffed, troopers located a clear plastic baggie containing a large, white, rock-like substance and two cellphones under his body,” court records allege.
Investigators determined that the baggie contained 27 grams of crack cocaine, according to police.
While searching Griffin’s vehicle after his arrest, they found and seized three other cellphones and $910, which was in denominations “indicative of drug sales,” police said. They also confiscated a loaded .22-caliber, semiautomatic handgun with a laser sight, which investigators found on the ground approximately 5 feet from the driver’s side door, police added.
Because of his criminal history, which includes “multiple drug convictions,” Griffin is prohibited from possessing firearms, according to court records.
Griffin is charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, use of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony or crime of violence and six other offenses, court records show.
Griffin is free on a $300,000 bond, which he posted on Saturday after spending one night in the Cecil County Detention Center, according to court records.