Po­lice: Raid nabs ma­jor Elkton drug dealer

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A woman is fac­ing sev­eral drug charges af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors raided her res­i­dence and con­fis­cated nearly 1,600 bag­gies of heroin, more than 2 ounces of “crack” co­caine, sev­eral loaded guns and other ev­i­dence, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested the sus­pect, An­gela Ni­c­hole Wes­ley, 34, at her res­i­dence in the 100 block of Hollingsworth Manor while raid­ing the home on Mon­day af­ter­noon, po­lice said. Of­fi­cers with Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment’s Street Crimes Unit had de­vel­oped Wes­ley as a sus­pect dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started in early Oc­to­ber and fo­cused on “il­le­gal sales of nar­cotics” oc­cur­ring at that res­i­dence, po­lice added.

“Wes­ley is be­lieved to be a main sup­plier and dis­trib­u­tor of nar­cotics within the town of Elkton,” said Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an EPD spokesman.

Dur­ing the court-ap­proved search of her home, in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­fis­cated a loaded .32-cal­iber hand­gun, a loaded 12-gauge shot­gun, 129 shot­gun shells, $947, “nu­mer­ous drug para­pher­na­lia items in­dica­tive of ma­jor drug dis­tri­bu­tion ac­tiv­ity” and more than a gram of Ec­stasy in ad­di­tion to 1,593 bag­gies of heroin and 2 ounces of crack co­caine,

ELKTON

po­lice re­ported.

Wes­ley, who re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond on Tues­day, is charged with pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of crack co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of a firearm dur­ing a drug traf­fick­ing crime and seven other of­fenses, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records. Wes­ley is sched­uled for a Dec. 21 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

Dur­ing the raid, in­ves­ti­ga­tors also ar­rested three other peo­ple in un­re­lated cases, po­lice said. Two of them — Kadi­jah Bre­anna Ray, 18, who lives at res­i­dence that was raided, and Jamil Alvin Perry, 25 — were ar­rested on out­stand­ing war­rants, po­lice added.

Ray was ar­rested on a bench war­rant charg­ing her with fail­ure to ap­pear for court and also on a Delaware fugi­tive war­rant, while Perry was ar­rested on a war­rant charg­ing him with a pa­role vi­o­la­tion, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo, who noted that Ray and Perry were at the res­i­dence when of­fi­cers ar­rived to con­duct the raid.

The third per­son ar­rested was 52-year-old Joseph Granville Roberts, who also lives at the Hollingsworth Manor res­i­dence raided by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, po­lice re­ported. Roberts, as with fel­low res­i­dent Ray, had not been linked to the il­le­gal drug ac­tiv­ity oc­cur­ring at the house, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Rober t s showed up dur­ing the raid and tried to en­ter the res­i­dence sev­eral times, de­spite in­ves­ti­ga­tors telling him that no one but po­lice could be in­side dur­ing the search, Zurolo said. Of­fi­cers ar­rested Rober ts, af­ter he per­sisted and be­came unr uly, and they charged him with dis­or­derly con­duct, he added.

“These ar­rests are the prod­uct of the Elkton Po­lice Depart­ment’s con­tin­u­ing high en­force­ment ef­forts 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 photo shows the heroin, loaded guns and other ev­i­dence con­fis­cated by in­ves­ti­ga­tors while raid­ing an Elkton res­i­dence on Mon­day.

WES­LEY

RAY

ROBERTS

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