Police: Child in car with drugs, gun, suspects
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— 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,
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.
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This photo shows a loaded handgun, heroin, “crack” cocaine and other evidence seized during an Elkton traffic stop on Monday.