Elkton-area traffic stop nets heroin, one arrest
— An Elkton-area traffic stop that was triggered by an “excessive amount of exhaust smoke” coming from the vehicle in question ended with investigators confiscating 20 baggies of heroin, numerous hypodermic needles and other evidence and arresting the driver, police reported.
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office Dfc. Sadler stopped a green van driven by Elkton resident Stephanie Ann Potts, 28, near the intersection of Route 213 and U.S. Route 40 at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Cecil County District Court records.
Sadler dispatched CCSO Sr. Deputy Joseph Brewer and his specially-trained scent dog, Max, to conduct perimeter scan of the vehicle because the deputy could smell alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s side and because Potts appeared to be “nervous, shaking and looking at the ground while speaking” to the deputy, police reported.
It was also done because Sadler “knows Potts through previous investigations as a supplier of (illegal drugs),” court records allege.
After the K9 aler ted to the presence of illegal drugs, investigators searched the van and found a Minnie Mouse handbag holding 20 clear plastic baggies that contained wax paper and heroin, according to court records.
Some of the baggies were labeled “Ant Man,” while others had stamped brand names like “Cloud Nine,” “Gucci,” and “Diablo 666,” all of which Sadler recognized as bags of heroin currently being sold in Philadelphia at $20 a piece, police reported.
“Potts had multiple different stamped bags, which would be conducive of someone selling (heroin), but having multiple options to choose from to bring in a larger customer base,” Sadler wrote in his statement of probable cause.
Investigators also found a crack cocaine pipe, another glass pipe, several uncapped needles, a small bag containing marijuana and a plastic cup holding alcoholic beverage, records show.
Potts, who remained in the Cecil County Detention without bond Thursday night, is charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute and nine misdemeanor drug offenses, according to court records, which indicate that she is scheduled for a Dec. 5 preliminary hearing and a Jan. 16 trial. a pink court