Elkton raid yields heroin, hand­gun and one ar­rest



— Of­fi­cers ar­rested a man af­ter con­fis­cat­ing more than an ounce of what in­ves­ti­ga­tors have iden­ti­fied as “raw” heroin, in ad­di­tion to a hand­gun and more than $7,000 in cash, while raid­ing two ve­hi­cles out­side a guest room at an Elkton motel, po­lice re­ported.

The court-ap­proved search oc­curred on Fri­day in the park­ing lot of the Deluxe Inn at 615 E. Pu­laski High­way, a day af­ter Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which they de­vel­oped Mar­cus Don­tae Veney, 25, as the sus­pect, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an agency spokesman.

“On Thurs­day, of­fi­cers ob­served ac­tiv­ity in that area that was in­dica­tive of CDS ( drug) dis­tri­bu­tion,” Zurolo said, not­ing they no­ticed a flow of foot and ve­hi­cle traf­fic in the prox­im­ity of Veney. “Dur­ing


the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tors learned a sub­ject was dis­tribut­ing il­le­gal drugs from this lo­ca­tion.” Af­ter iden­ti­fy­ing Veney as the sus­pect, in­ves­ti­ga­tors ob­tained a war­rant to search two ve­hi­cles, which were parked out­side the motel room and be­longed to Veney, po­lice said. Searchers found and con­fis­cated 35 grams of raw heroin – mean­ing it had no ad­di­tives – a hand­gun and $7,100, po­lice added.

“Raw heroin is the purest form of heroin,” Zurolo said Tues­day, ex­plain­ing, “It is the heroin be­fore ‘cut­ting agents’ are in­tro­duced to it. Deal­ers take pure, or raw, heroin and then add cof­fee, flour, tal­cum pow­der or other agents to make it (the heroin) go far­ther to in­crease their prof­its. Some­times even dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals are used as cut­ting agents.”

Be­cause the type and amount of cut­ting agents used by deal­ers varies, Zurolo said it would be dif­fi­cult to spec­u­late on how much higher that 35 grams of raw heroin would have been af­ter other in­gre­di­ents had been in­tro­duced to it.

Veney, whose ad­dress is listed as Abbey Lane in Elkton in EPD records, was at the scene when in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­ducted the search, and of­fi­cers ar­rested him there, po­lice re­ported.

Veney is fac­ing eight charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of a large amount of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a drug traf­fick­ing crime and hand­gun in ve­hi­cle, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Af­ter spend­ing one night in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, he posted a $150,000 bond on Satur­day to gain his pre-trial free­dom, a jail spokes­woman re­ported.

“This en­force­ment ac­tiv­ity is the con­tin­u­ing prod­uct of the Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment’s ag­gres­sive on­go­ing anti-crime and anti-drug ini­tia­tives,” Zurolo said of Veney’s ar­rest.


This photo shows heroin, more than $7,000 in cash and a hand­gun that Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment of­fi­cers con­fis­cated while search­ing two ve­hi­cles out­side an Elkton motel.


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