Man charged in North East-area heroin, gun case
NORTH EAST — A man remained jailed Monday after Maryland State Police detectives confiscated slightly more than an ounce of heroin and a loaded handgun inside his bedroom in his parents’ North East- area residence, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Investigators identified the suspect as Mason Alexander Friend, who turned 20 on Oct. 30.
Friend is facing 33 charges — 14 of which are felonies — after an investigation that started on Wednesday night when his parents told MSP that their son had stolen their 2004 Kia Rio, that he had stolen $ 2,290 from them by forging his father’s signature on nine bank checks and that he had a “large quantity of heroin” and a handgun in his bedroom, court records show.
After receiving the complaint over the phone from Friend’s mother concerning the heroin and handgun, an MSP investigator went to the family’s residence in the 100 block of Forge Court, police reported.
The mother showed Friend’s bedroom to the investigator after the detective, through question- ing her, discerned that Friend does not pay rent and that he is the “only person who sleeps and lives” in that bedroom, police said.
The investigator found and confiscated nearly 30 grams of heroin — contained in 96 blue wax papers — on a bedroom chair, in addition to a Hopkins & Allen Arms Co. .22- caliber revolver that was loaded with seven shells in the revolving portion of the firearm, police added. The detective also found additional ammunition on that same chair, police noted.
“Mason Friend is prohibited from owning or possessing this firearm ( because he is) under age 21,” the detective explains in the statement of probable cause.
Investigators arrested Friend on Friday, a day after obtaining a warrant, and then interviewed him at the North East Barrack, police reported. After he was advised of his Miranda rights, police noted, Friend waived them.
Charging documents indicate Friend admitted that the heroin confiscated from his bedroom was his. He also told investigators where he had left his parents’ Kia, which Friend allegedly failed to return after receiving permission from them to use the vehicle for one hour on Wednes- day night, court records show.
Based on the information supplied by Friend, his mother located the missing Kia on a gravel path near the family’s residence, according to police.
Among Friend’s 33 criminal charges are possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a minor and multiple counts of forgery and theft, court records show.
Friend, who is scheduled for a Dec. 1 preliminary hearing, remained in the Cecil County Detention Center on Monday night, according to court records.