Traf­fic stop near North East yields heroin, one ar­rest

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman is fac­ing drug charges af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors caught her with three ounces of heroin near North East af­ter stop­ping the ve­hi­cle in which she was a front-seat pas­sen­ger for a traf­fic vi­o­la­tion, po­lice re­ported.

Mem­bers of the Mary-

NORTH EAST Ris­ing Sun can­cels Tues­day town meet­ing

RIS­ING SUN

land State Po­lice Gang En­force­ment Unit ar­rested the sus­pect, North East-area res­i­dent Luisa Mo­rales, 38, about 7:15 p.m. on Wed­nes­day af­ter stop­ping a Nis­san Al­tima on Route 272, near the In­ter­state 95 south­bound off ramp, po­lice said.

The GEU mem­bers stopped the car be­cause they rec­og­nized the driver and knew that he did not

— The sched­uled Tues­day night meet­ing of the mayor and com­mis­sion­ers has been can­celed pos­sess a driver’s li­cense, po­lice added.

Be­cause they no­ticed “crim­i­nal in­di­ca­tors,” in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­patched a K9 Unit of­fi­cer and his spe­cially trained scent dog, which alerted to the pres­ence of il­le­gal drugs while scan­ning the out­side of the car, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court records, which do not de­tail the crim­i­nal

due to a lack of quo­rum.

Down one com­mis­sioner with the res­ig­na­tion of Joseph Shep­hard, and with an­other com­mis­sioner un­able to make the town meet­ing, the de­ci­sion was made Fri­day to can­cel in­di­ca­tors ob­served by the GEU mem­bers.

While Mo­rales stood out­side the car dur­ing the scan, GEU mem­bers no­ticed a “large bulge” in her jeans, prompt­ing a pat­down search in which they found more than 400 bag­gies of heroin wrapped in a gray rag in­side her pants pocket, court records show. A fe­male of­fi­cer had been

the first of two Ris­ing Sun meet­ings sched­uled for Oc­to­ber. Meet­ings are held the sec­ond and fourth Tues­days at 7 p.m.

A lack of quo­rum also re­quired the can­cel­la­tion of the Sept. 27 town dis­patched to con­duct the pat-down search, po­lice noted.

The heroin weighed 84 grams and had been parceled into 31 “bun­dles,” with each hold­ing 13 bag­gies of heroin, po­lice re­ported.

Mo­rales, who is sched­uled for a Nov. 2 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, is free af­ter post­ing a $15,000 bond on

meet­ing.

Shep­hard had planned to an­nounce his res­ig­na­tion at that sec­ond Septem­ber meet­ing. His de­par­ture was ef­fec­tive Oct. 1. The re­main­ing board had planned to of- Thurs­day af­ter spend­ing a night in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter, court records show.

She is charged with pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of heroin and pos­ses­sion of a “large amount” of heroin, which ap­plies when the sus­pect is caught with more than 28 grams of the drug, ac­cord­ing to court records.

fi­cially ac­cept his res­ig­na­tion Tues­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to the town char­ter, Mayor Travis Mar­ion will bring the name of a re­place­ment for Shep­hard to the com­mis­sion­ers for ap­proval.

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