Drug Arrests in Calvert County

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Feb. 23, 2010) - The Calvert Investigative Team (CIT) released the following incident and arrest reports. CIT is a team of detectives from the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack and the Calvert County Sheriff's Office, based in Prince Frederick.

HEROIN POSSESSION/DISTRO: After a month-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Unit of CIT, two suspects were arrested and charged with heroin possession on January 27. An undercover officer met with the suspects on that date at an undisclosed location for the purpose of purchasing controlled dangerous substances, specifically heroin. After the sale of the heroin by the suspects to the undercover officer, both suspects were arrested. A search warrant was executed at their residence in Dunkirk where two grams of heroin that had been packaged for sale, several syringes and other associated paraphernalia was found. Ronald Wiley Gordy, 23, and Joshua Spencer Harkness, 21, both of Dunkirk, were arrested by members of the Calvert County Sheriff's Office Special Operations Team and undercover officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit shortly after the sale. Gordy is charged with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin and possession of CDS paraphernalia, syringes. Harkness is charged with conspiracy to sell heroin, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, syringes.

DRUG ARRESTS: On February 19 the Drug Enforcement Unit received information that a subject would be entering the county who was in possession of a quantity of a controlled dangerous substance, cocaine. Members of the DEU, which consists of Calvert County Sheriff's Office deputies and a Maryland State trooper, set up surveillance along Md. Route 4 in an attempt to locate the suspected vehicle.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. DEU members located the vehicle traveling southbound on Md. Route 4 and began following the vehicle as it continued south on Md. Rt. 4. As the vehicle entered Plum Point Road an unmarked Sheriff's Office vehicle conducted a traffic stop. Located within the vehicle were the driver, Denise Rice, 19 and Cephus Travis Hutchins, 31.

Cpl. Todd Smith of the Sheriff's Office, along with his Narcotic detection K-9 Keloh, conducted a scan of the vehicle, a blue 2010 Nissan, and showed an alert to the presence of CDS. A search of the vehicle failed to yield any drugs. A search of Cephus Hutchins' person revealed a Zip lock baggie containing numerous other baggies of suspected cocaine. A search of Rice was made with negative results.

Hutchins, of Huntingtown, was taken to the Calvert County Detention Center and processed. Rice was interviewed and released pending review with the State Attorney's Office regarding charges.

Upon further inspection it was discovered that Hutchins possessed 3.5 grams of cocaine (powder) and approximately 30 grams of cocaine converted into its base form known as crack. All of this was packaged for sales. Det. Sarah Koller charged Hutchins with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a controlled dangerous substance, cocaine.

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