Traffic stop yields $450K in cocaine, two arrests
— 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-
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.
These four packages contain nearly 10 pounds of cocaine, which Maryland State Police investigators seized during a traffic stop near North East.