Woman gets probation in Rising Sun drug case
— A woman was placed on three years of supervised probation Monday in a case in which she and her fiancé were caught with more than 400 baggies of heroin and a half-ounce of crack cocaine at a Rising Sun shopping center by an off-duty Maryland State Police trooper who believed they were preparing to rob a shop.
Retired Cecil County Circuit Court Judge V. Michael Whelan imposed a three-year sentence on Port Deposit-area resident Nicole Elaine Jones, 24, after she pleaded guilty to possession of heroin, as part of a plea bargain in which prosecutors dropped six related charges against her, including possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Whelan then suspended the three-year sentence and placed Jones on three years of supervise probation, which will include substance abuse counseling and therapy.
On Sept. 9, her co- defendant, Dustin T. Majerowicz, 24, of Elkton, received a suspended 18- month sentence and also was placed on three years of
supervised probation, after he pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute as part of a plea deal in which the state dropped remaining related charges against him.
Majerowicz allegedly has since violated his probation, according to court records, which indicate that he has a violation of probation hearing scheduled for June 16.
MSP Cpl. James Parker and assisting Rising Sun Police Department officers confiscated 402 baggies of heroin and about 14 grams of crack cocaine from the couple during the incident that occurred about 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Rising Sun Town Center, police said.
Also seized were 40 tablets of Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety medication, and two pills of Oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, police added.
A Cecil County resident who, at the time was assigned to the Waterloo Barrack in Howard County, Parker was in the shopping center parking lot when he spotted Majerowicz, Jones and a white Chevrolet Blazer in which they had been passengers, police reported. A second man, whom investigators identified as the SUV driver, was not in possession of drugs and was not charged, police noted.
Parker watched the suspects walk back and forth from the vehicle to a hair salon, according to court records.
Majerowicz and Jones repeatedly entered and exited the shop, police said. Meanwhile, police added, the other man “would watch and look around, walking up to the (shop) window and peeking inside as he suspiciously looked around while doing so,” police reported.
Believing that the shop would be robbed, Parker contacted RSPD to assist with the investigation of the “suspicious subjects,” according to police.
When two RSPD officers arrived, the man was in the driver’s seat and Majerowicz and Jones were walking toward the SUV after leaving the shop, where, amid the activity, Majerowicz had gotten a haircut, police said.
At the SUV, Majerowicz placed a black purse on the hood as investigators asked about their activity at the shopping center, police added.
Jones said they were there only for a haircut for Majerowicz, police reported. Jones, who claimed ownership of the black purse, did not know the driver’s name or anything about him, according to police.
After the purse was “unzipped in plain view,” Parker saw “packaging used for heroin” inside of it and Jones’ ID card, police said.
Investigators searched that purse and found 273 baggies of heroin, 3 grams of crack cocaine, 25 Xanax tablets and two Oxycodone pills, police added.
This police photo shows heroin, crack cocaine and other evidence confiscated from a Port Deposit-area woman in Rising Sun in February. She received a suspended three-year sentence and was placed on three years of supervised probation Monday, after accepting a plea deal.
William “Hoppy” Hammond waves to people as they cross over the bridge into town on Monday.