Elk­ton-area traf­fic stop nets heroin, one ar­rest

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

— 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

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