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.