Po­lice: Child in car with drugs, gun, sus­pects

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Four peo­ple are fac­ing drug charges af­ter a traf­fic stop near Elk­ton led to in­ves­ti­ga­tors find­ing nearly three ounces of heroin, more than an ounce of “crack” co­caine and a loaded semi- au­to­matic hand­gun in­side the ve­hi­cle — which also was oc­cu­pied by a 3- year- old child, po­lice re­ported.

One of the sus­pects, Ri­cardo Alexan­der May­nard, 30, of the 100 block of Friend­ship Road in Elk­ton,

ELK­TON

is a “self- ad­mit­ted mem­ber of the Bloods street gang,” po­lice said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve that some­one had been smok­ing mar­i­juana in­side the ve­hi­cle shortly be­fore the traf­fic stop, which oc­curred about 10 a.m. on Mon­day near North Street and Stock­ton streets, po­lice added.

“Upon con­tact with the driver and oc­cu­pants, the odor of burnt mar­i­juana was de­tected and a sub­se­quent prob­a­ble cause search was per­formed,” a Mary­land State Po­lice spokesman said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­fis­cated 22 bun­dles of heroin weigh­ing 83 grams, three bags of crack co­caine weigh­ing 43 grams, a bag­gie of pow­der co­caine weigh­ing six grams and two bag­gies of mar­i­juana weigh­ing three grams, po­lice re­ported.

They also seized a 9mm semi- au­to­matic hand­gun hold­ing seven live rounds, po­lice said, not­ing that the firearm had an “oblit­er­ated” se­rial num­ber.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice added, in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­fis­cated drug para­pher­na­lia and $ 1,960.

The driver of the ve­hi­cle — Jen­nifer Anne Swope, 28, of the 100 block of Goose­neck Court in Elk­ton — and May­nard are fac­ing four charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion of crack co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute.

Swope and May­nard re­mained at the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter on Thurs­day, each in lieu of $300,000 bond, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied Swope as the mother of the child who was in­side the Equinox at the time of the traf­fic stop.

The fa­ther of the child — Ja­cob Thomas Stevens 25, of Elk­ton — also was in­side the ve­hi­cle at the time of the traf­fic stop, po­lice said. Af­ter the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice added, in­ves­ti­ga­tors is­sued Stevens a civil ci­ta­tion charg­ing him with pos­ses­sion of less than 10 grams of mar­i­juana and re­leased him from the MSP bar­rack.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to link the third adult pas- sen­ger in­side the ve­hi­cle — Isa­iah Lee Brown, 18, of the 100 block of Clin­ton Street in Elk­ton — to the loaded hand­gun, po­lice re­ported.

Brown is fac­ing eight charges, in­clud­ing hand­gun on per­son, pos­sess­ing a firearm ac­ces­si­ble by a mi­nor, pos­ses­sion of a firearm in the com­mis­sion of a drug traf fick­ing crime and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, court records show.

He, too, re­mained in the county jail in lieu of a $300,000 bond on Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to court records.

As of Thursd a y mo r n i n g , in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing who was given cus­tody of the child in the wake of the ar­rests and the civil ci­ta­tion was un­avail­able.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CHERYL MATTIX

El­iz­a­beth Var­gas, co-an­chor of ABC’s “20/20,” talks about her own re­cov­ery from al­co­holism at the Brace­bridge open house.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARY­LAND STATE PO­LICE

This photo shows a loaded hand­gun, heroin, “crack” co­caine and other ev­i­dence seized dur­ing an Elk­ton traf­fic stop on Mon­day.

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