Man gets 10 years in Perryville heroin case
— 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.