Woman gets pro­ba­tion in Ris­ing Sun drug case

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

FILE PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MSP

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Wil­liam “Hoppy” Ham­mond waves to peo­ple as they cross over the bridge into town on Mon­day.

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