Elkton traffic stop yields ‘crack’ cocaine, one arrest
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.