Elk­ton traf­fic stop yields ‘crack’ co­caine, one ar­rest

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

ELK­TON — Of­fi­cers ar­rested a man on Wed­nes­day night af­ter con­fis­cat­ing a hal­founce of “crack” co­caine and a small amount of mar­i­juana dur­ing a traf­fic stop in Elk­ton, po­lice re­ported Thurs­day morn­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Ed­uardo Ken­neth Pierce, 35, of the 200 block of Hollingsworth Manor in Elk­ton, po­lice said, adding that Pierce goes by the street name of “Smooth.”

The traf­fic stop oc­curred about 6 p.m. Wed­nes­day in the 1100 block of East Pu­laski High­way, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman, ex­plain­ing, “The stop was based on ob­served ac­tiv­ity that rose to the level of prob­a­ble cause, which in­di­cated Pierce was en­gag­ing in the trans­porta­tion of (il­le­gal drugs).”

Zurolo also re­ported that the ar­rest of Pierce oc­curred af­ter EPD Street Crimes Unit mem­bers, with the as- sis­tance of EPD pa­trol of fi­cers, had con­ducted an “in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ed­uardo Pierce for dis­tri­bu­tion of drugs.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found and con­fis­cated slightly more than 14 grams of “crack” co­caine, in ad­di­tion to a small amount of mar­i­juana, dur­ing a search that oc­curred af­ter the traf- fic stop, po­lice re­ported.

Pierce, who is sched­uled for a Dec. 4 pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing, is charged with pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled and dan­ger­ous sub­stance, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County District Court records.

As of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Pierce re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter in lieu of bond, court records show. Pierce is sched­uled for a bail re­view hear­ing on Mon­day, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Af­ter Pierce’s ar­rest, Zurolo com­mented, “The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still open and ac­tive, and we an­tic­i­pate fur­ther ar­rests to be made as a re­sult of this on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Pierce’s ar­rest oc­curred one day af­ter EPD of­fi­cers col­lared 23-year-old Ma­cio Deleon Free­man, who lives one block away from Pierce and also had been the fo­cus of a SCU in­ves­ti­ga­tion into il­le­gal drug dis­tri­bu­tion. EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors ar­rested Free­man on Tues­day, af­ter raid­ing his res­i­dence in the 100 block of Hollingsworth Manor and con­fis­cat­ing a small amount of “crack” co­caine, two .38-cal­iber rounds, drug para­pher­na­lia and $327 — “all items in­dica­tive of drug dis­tri­bu­tion ac­tiv­ity,” Zurolo al­leged.

Free­man, who also re­mained jailed on Thurs­day, is fac­ing five charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of co­caine with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, main­tain­ing a com­mon nui­sance and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of am­mu­ni­tion, court records show.

PIERCE

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