Surveillance yields two arrests, 200 bags of heroin
— A Cecil County Drug Task Force surveillance operation that covered three states within a few hours resulted in the confiscation of more than 200 baggies of heroin and two arrests during a related traffic stop, police reported.
Investigators identified the suspects as Casey Lauren Truitt, 33, of Breon Lane near Elkton, and Todd Allan Frazier, 25, of the 2000 block of Colora Road in Colora, according to Cecil County District Court records.
A CCDTF agent started trailing a white 2003 Cadillac driven by Truitt and occupied by Frazier as they traveled from the Wilmington, Del., area shortly before noon Friday, after investigators had developed them as suspects, police said. Also in that Cadillac was an “unknown white female,” who was not charged, police added.
The surveillance continued as the Cadillac drove into Pennsylvania and then stopped at a Perkins restaurant on Route 41, in
Avondale, Pa., where the unknown female got out of the car and walked into the restaurant, according to court records.
Then the undercover officer saw two women who also “appeared to be employees of Perkins restaurant,” walk out of the diner and over to the Cadillac, court records show.
The surveilling agent watched as Truitt and Frazier conducted a “hand-tohand” drug transaction with the two women, based on that investigators’ “training, knowledge and experience as a police officer,” court records allege.
“(The covert agent) then observed Frazier exit the vehicle and open the hood. (The covert agent) stated that Frazier appeared to have placed something inside the vehicle’s engine compartment before closing the hood and reentering the front passenger side of the vehicle,” according to court records.
At that point, Frazier drove out of the Perkins parking lot and later turned onto southbound U.S. Route 1, heading toward Cecil County, which prompted the drug task force agent to alert a member of CCSO’s Street Crimes Unit at about 1:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for the Cadillac, police reported.
After the southbound Cadillac entered Maryland, two SCU deputies spotted the described car, police said. They stopped the Cadillac at the intersection of Route 1 and Slicers Mill Road after Truitt allegedly failed to stop at the “designated stopping line” on the road, police added.
“Truitt and Frazier’s hands were shaking and they both appeared to be extremely nervous,” according to charging documents.
CCSO Dfc. Michael Thomas, who also had been dispatched to the traffic stop, conducted a vehicle scan with his specially trained scent dog, Roscoe, police said, adding that Roscoe alerted to the presence of illegal drugs.
Investigators searched the Cadillac and found a black plastic bag containing 18 “bundles” of heroin that had been stamped with the street brand name, “ALDO,” and had been stashed inside the engine’s air filter, police reported. A bundle typically holds 10 to 13 baggies of heroin.
Also seized from that air filter were 37 prescription sedative pills, court records show.
In addition, investigators confiscated two cell phones and $130 that they found inside the Cadillac, according to court records.
Frazier and Truitt are facing the same four charges, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute, court records show.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Frazier and Truitt remained in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 and $200,000 bonds respectively, according to court records.
This photo shows more than 200 baggies of heroin, cash and cellphones confiscated during a traffic stop near Rising Sun.