Sur­veil­lance yields two ar­rests, 200 bags of heroin

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF CCSO

This photo shows more than 200 bag­gies of heroin, cash and cell­phones con­fis­cated dur­ing a traf­fic stop near Ris­ing Sun.

FRA­ZIER

TRUITT

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