Woman arrested after police witness alleged drug deal
PERRYVILLE — Responding to an anonymous tip, officers arrested a woman on Friday night after she allegedly sold $100 in “crack” cocaine to a customer on a street in downtown Perryville, police reported.
Investigators identified the suspect as Terry Lucinda Hockaday, 65, of Port De- posit. Hockaday is charged with distribution of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine, according to Cecil County District Court records, which indicate that, as of Monday, she remained in the county jail without bond. Hockaday is scheduled for an Oct. 27 preliminary hearing, court records show.
For a few weeks before her arrest, Hockaday had been the focal point of an ongoing investigation into drug distribution in town, reported Cpl. Robert Nitz, a Perryville Police Department spokesman.
“The Perryville Police Department had received numerous tips over the past month regarding the sales and distribution of CDS (illegal drugs), specifically crack cocaine, from the 500 block of Aiken Avenue, in- volving the Hockaday subject,” Nitz explained.
Two PPD officers responded to the 500 block of Aiken Avenue on Friday night, after receiving a tip concerning a drug deal in progress, police said. Conducting surveillance, the officers saw Hockaday “engage in a ‘hand-to-hand’ transaction” with a man, police added.
After witnessing the alleged drug deal, the officers approached Hockaday and the man, police reported.
“Upon making contact with the man, he dropped the (crack cocaine), advised that it was next to him and stated, ‘You got me.’ (He) identified Hockaday as the subject who had just sold him the (crack cocaine) and that he had given her a $100 bill,” Nitz outlined.
Officers then searched Hockaday, finding and confiscating a $100 bill, as well as an additional $156 “in varying denominations indicative of drug sales and transactions,” according to police.
As of Monday morning, information regarding what, if any, charges were filed against the alleged crack cocaine buyer was unavailable.