Man charged in North East-area heroin, gun case

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­

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.

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