Elk­ton raid nets heroin, gun and one ar­rest

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man whom in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve was a “main sup­plier and dis­trib­u­tor of nar­cotics within the town of Elk­ton” is fac­ing sev­eral charges af­ter of­fi­cers raided his res­i­dence and con­fis­cated 76 bag­gies of heroin and a hand­gun, po­lice re­ported.

Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment of­fi­cers raided the res­i­dence in the 100 block of Hunts­man Drive early Mon­day morn­ing, with the as­sis­tance of the Mary­land State Po­lice State Team, and ar­rested the sus­pect, Berry Pe­tion, 32, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.

In ad­di­tion to seiz­ing the 76 bag­gies of heroin and a .357-cal­iber re­volver, of­fi­cers con­fis­cated am­mu­ni­tion and “nu­mer­ous drug para­pher­na­lia items in­dica­tive of drug dis­tri­bu­tion ac­tiv­ity,” po­lice re­ported.

Pe­tion is fac­ing nine charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of a firearm in a drug traf­fick­ing crime and pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a per­son con­victed of a felony or a crime of vi­o­lence,

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ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The ar­rest of Pe­tion marks the end of this par­tic­u­lar EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tion “into il­le­gal sales of nar­cotics within the Hollingsworth Manor (neigh­bor­hood) com­mu­nity,” Zurolo noted.

“The main source of this ac­tiv­ity seemed to be a Berry Pe­tion. Through their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered Berry Pe­tion was dis­tribut­ing nar­cotics and us­ing his res­i­dence (in the 100 block of Hunts­man Drive) to fa­cil­i­tate his dis­tri­bu­tion ac­tiv­ity,” Zurolo said.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to the court-ap­proved search of Pe­tion’s res­i­dence on Mon­day, po­lice re­ported.

“This ar­rest is the prod­uct of the Elk­ton Po­lice De­part­ment’s con­tin­u­ing high en­force­ment ef­fort to re­duce the drug ac­tiv­ity in this area and through­out the Town of Elk­ton. In­ves­ti­ga­tions into this type ac­tiv­ity are on­go­ing and more ar­rests are ex­pected,” Zurolo said.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF EPD

This po­lice photo shows heroin, a hand­gun, bullets and other ev­i­dence con­fis­cated when of­fi­cers raided an Elk­ton home on Mon­day.

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