(Dec. 5, 2014) Two troopers from the Berlin Barrack of the Maryland State Police made a “significant” drug trafficking arrest after pulling over a pair of Connecticut residents for speeding during routine traffic detail on Tuesday, Nov. 25.
Allan Orville Tyson, 35, and Christopher H. Williams-Eason, 25, were driving a 2015 Chrysler 200 rental car with Connecticut plates on Route 13 near the Maryland-Virginia state line when police stopped them at approximately 8:39 a.m.
After a K-9 scan of the vehicle produced positive results for a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), troopers searched the car and unearthed a shoebox inside of a suitcase in the truck containing close to a pound of cocaine. Police said the bulk uncut street value was $20,000, but the actual value could be as much as four times that amount.
“Drug dealers try to stretch stuff to make more money, so they’ll cut something many, many times with an inexpensive agent that will make more and more weight as they sell it,” F/Sgt. Christopher M. Davala, Assistant Commander of the Berlin Barrack, said. “What started as a pound could end up several pounds by the time it’s all cut.”
Police arrested Tyson and Williams-Eason on the scene, took them to the Berlin Barrack and charged them with possession as well as importation of a CDS into the state with intent to distribute. Members of the Criminal Enforcement Team and Federal Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted troopers.
Davala categorized the bust as “big” in the scope of Worcester County drug enforcement, and said police are pursuing the investigation from a trafficking standpoint.
“That’s a lot of drugs and it’s a lot of money involved,” he said. “Almost a pound of cocaine is kind of a big deal. No one is going to have that kind of weight for personal use.”
Davala said both suspects have prior drug-related offenses, but declined to offer specifics.
The Maryland District Court Commissioner in Snow Hill ordered Tyson and Eason be held at the Worcester County Jail on $100,000 secured bond. A review was set for Wednesday morning at the Worcester County District Courthouse.