Man gets 10 years in Perryville heroin case

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A North Carolina man caught with 750 bag­gies of heroin dur­ing an In­ter­state 95 traf­fic stop near Perryville in April 2015 re­ceived a 10-year prison term on Fri­day.

Ce­cil County Circuit Court Judge Brenda A. Sex­ton im­posed a 15-year sen­tence on Kerry Ja­van Hamp­ton, a 31-year-old Fayettville, N.C., res­i­dent who had pleaded guilty to im­port­ing heroin into Mary­land as part of a plea deal on May 4.

Sex­ton then sus­pended five years of the sen­tence, leav­ing Hamp­ton with a 10year term that he will serve in a Mary­land Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions prison. The judge or­dered Hamp­ton to serve five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion af­ter com­plet­ing his 10-year term.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Perry J. Sea­man had rec­om­mended a flat 15-year sen­tence for Hamp­ton.

Hamp­ton was ar­rested about 2 p.m. April 1, 2015, af­ter a Mary­land State Po­lice trooper stopped a GMC Aca­dia that Hamp­ton had been driv­ing in the south­bound lane of I-95 near Perryville, po­lice said. The trooper stopped Hamp­ton be­cause his Aca­dia had an ex­pired li­cense plate, po­lice added.

Dur­ing the stop, the trooper no­ticed signs of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity — which in­ves­ti­ga­tors de­clined to dis­close — and then dis­patched a spe­cially-trained scent dog and his han­dler, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. The dog scanned the out­side of the Aca­dia and alerted troop­ers to the pres­ence of il­le­gal drugs and that, in turn, led to in­ves­ti­ga­tors search­ing Hamp­ton’s ve­hi­cle, po­lice re­ported.

Searchers found two pack­ages of heroin in the sun­roof por­tion of the head­liner and seized them, po­lice said. They con­tained a to­tal of 750 wax pa­per pack­ets of heroin with an es­ti­mated street value of $15,000, po­lice added.

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