Two un­der ar­rest: Will face weapons and drug charges

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Obituaries - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

CH­ESTER­TOWN — A man whose crim­i­nal his­tory in­cludes pros­e­cu­tion on at­tempted mur­der charges in Bal­ti­more was ar­rested Aug. 16 on drug charges here.

Kirk Ralph Fon­seca, 32, who gave police an ad­dress in Ch­ester Har­bor, was ap­pre­hended in the Court­yard Inn Mo­tel on Church Hill Road in Queen Anne’s County. Sus­pected heroin, sus­pected co­caine and two hand­guns were seized dur­ing Fon­seca’s ar­rest.

Ac­cord­ing to the Kent County Nar­cotics Task Force, police de­vel­oped Fon­seca as a sus­pect in re­cent “crimes of vi­o­lence di­rectly re­lated to the il­le­gal drug trade” in Ch­ester­town.

G. Robert Mow­ell, in­terim state’s at­tor­ney for Kent County, would not com­ment when asked if there was any con­nec­tion between Fon­seca’s ar­rest on Aug. 16 and the shoot­ings in the up­per High Street area of Ch­ester­town on Aug. 4 and Aug. 10.

Shortly af­ter 6 p.m. Aug. 16, task force of­fi­cers served Fon­seca with the ar­rest war­rant. The Mary­land State Police’s Spe­cial Tac­ti­cal As­sault Team El­e­ment made the ini­tial en­try into Fon­seca’s mo­tel room and he was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Also in the room was Sherelle Chris­tine Hop­kins, 27, of Bal­ti­more, who was also ar­rested.

The in­ven­tory of items lo­cated in plain view in the mo­tel room in­cluded 42 cap­sules of sus­pected heroin (10.1 grams), 2.6 grams of sus­pected pow­dered co­caine and 0.8 grams of sus­pected crack co­caine, police said.

The charges against Fon­seca and Hop­kins in­clude pos­ses­sion of a nar­cotic with in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of a firearm in a drug traf­fick­ing crime and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm.

They are being held in the Queen Anne’s County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bail.

Sep­a­rate pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings for Fon­seca and Hop­kins are set for Sept. 13. At that time a district court judge will de­ter­mine if there is prob­a­ble cause to be­lieve they com­mit­ted the of­fenses.

Also last week, Fon­seca was is­sued a Kent County District Court ar­rest war­rant charg­ing him with pos­ses­sion of a hand­gun; il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm; dis­or­derly con­duct; and in­duc­ing, in­hibit­ing the tes­ti­mony of a wit­ness.

The of­fenses are al­leged to have oc­curred July 26 in the 400-block of Morgnec Road, Ch­ester­town.

Mow­ell said these charges are not re­lated to the re­cent shoot­ings in town.

He said he filed the crim­i­nal in­for­ma­tion based on in­ves­ti­ga­tion by law en­force­ment and pro­vided to the Kent County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

Fon­seca’s trial on the Kent County charges is Oct. 1.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line court records, Fon­seca is await­ing trial at the end of Oc­to­ber in the Cir­cuit Court for Bal­ti­more County on charges that in­clude armed rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault.

He was found not guilty on charges of at­tempted first- and sec­ond-de­gree mur­der, first- and sec­ond-de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of a firearm in August 2012 in Bal­ti­more City.

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