Woman ar­rested af­ter po­lice wit­ness al­leged drug deal

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

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.

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