Ar­rest leads to crack co­caine, loaded hand­gun

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMILTON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

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