Traf­fic stop yields $450K in co­caine, two ar­rests

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Two men are fac­ing drug im­por­ta­tion charges af­ter they were caught with nearly 10 pounds of co­caine with an es­ti­mated street value of $450,000 dur­ing a traf­fic stop near North East, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records.

One of the sus­pects, Rigob­erto Ramos Jr., 29, of Bronx, N.Y., re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of $125,000 bond on Wed­nes­day, court records show.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­ported that Ramos was a pas­sen­ger in a Ford Tau­rus driven by his al­leged ac­com­plice, Andy P. Ti­neo, 30, of New York City, when Mary­land State Po­lice Sr. Trooper Ryan McNeely stopped the ve­hi­cle in the south­bound lane of In­ters­tate 95, south of the North East/Ris­ing Sun exit, about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 for speed-

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ing and fol­low­ing too closely, po­lice re­ported.

McNeely dis­patched a K9 unit af­ter notic­ing “nu­mer­ous in­di­ca­tors of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity” while con­duct­ing the traf­fic stop, po­lice said. McNeely did not spec­ify those in­di­ca­tors in charg­ing doc­u­ments.

A spe­cially trained scent dog alerted to the pres­ence of il­le­gal drugs while scan­ning the out­side of the car, and that led to a search by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, po­lice added.

“An af­ter­mar­ket elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled false com­part­ment was lo­cated in the cen­ter con­sole of the ve­hi­cle. Upon ac­cess­ing the com­part­ment, I lo­cated four large rec­tan­gu­lar pack­ages in­side. I im­me­di­ately iden­ti­fied the pack­ages as kilo­grams con­tain­ing (drugs) through my train­ing, knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence gained as a Mar yland State Po­lice trooper and nu­mer­ous prior (drug) ar­rests,” McNeely wrote in this state­ment of prob­a­ble cause.

McNeely ar­rested Ti­neo and Ramos and trans­ported them to the JFK bar­rack near Per­ryville for pro­cess­ing, po­lice said. Field tests con­ducted at that bar­rack re­vealed that the confiscated pack­ages con­tained 4,490 grams of co­caine, which trans­lates to 9.89 pounds, court records al­lege.

“The sheer weight and method of pack­ag­ing and con­ceal­ment is in­dica­tive of the sale and dis­tri­bu­tion of nar­cotics. The con­serva- tive es­ti­mated street value is ap­prox­i­mately $450,000,” ac­cord­ing to court records.

The sus­pects told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that they were trav­el­ing from Bronx to Arun­del Mills when the traf­fic stop oc­curred, po­lice re­ported.

Ti­neo spent five nights in the county jail be­fore post­ing a $125,000 bond on Tues­day to gain his pre-trial free­dom, court records show.

He and Ramos are each charged with im­port­ing co­caine into the state, posses- sion of a large amount of co­caine, pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion of co­caine, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Both are sched­uled for Sept. 9 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARY­LAND STATE PO­LICE

These four pack­ages con­tain nearly 10 pounds of co­caine, which Mary­land State Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors seized dur­ing a traf­fic stop near North East.

RAMOS

TI­NEO

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