Traffic Stop Yields Drugs and Arrest

(Bel Air, Md. – May 8, 2006) — A Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy on routine patrol early Monday morning, made a traffic stop on a Mercury passenger vehicle southbound on Md. Rt. 152 near I-95. The vehicle was stopped by Deputy First Class Daniel Wood of the Southern Precinct when he noticed the tint on the windows of the vehicle appeared to be more than the 35 percent permitted by law.

During the traffic stop, DFC Wood requested a K-9 scan of the exterior of the vehicle for possible narcotics. Subsequently the scan by K-9 Spencer and his handler DFC Chris Gibbons indicated a positive “hit” on the vehicle for possible narcotics.

A search was conducted of the interior of the vehicle, including the trunk area. During the search sheriff’s deputies discovered a brown and black shoe box inside of a black plastic bag containing two large zip lock bags of what appeared to be several different types and amounts of controlled dangerous substances. One of the zip lock bags contained a greenish-brown leafy substance determined to be marijuana. The second zip lock bag contained a white rock like substance separated in one bag and a white powdery substance separated in another bag.

A field test was conducted of the white rock like substance and the white powdery substance. Both substances tested positive for the presence of cocaine.

The operator of the vehicle, Arvel D. Williams, 23, of 553 Jamestown Court in Edgewood was arrested and transported to the Inter-Agency Processing Center at the Harford County Detention Center.

Total weight of the marijuana was approximately one pound with an estimated street value of $2,500. The total weight for the crack cocaine was approximately 100 grams with a street value of approximately $10,000. Finally, the estimated total weight of the powder cocaine was determined to be 127 grams, with an estimated street value of $12,700.

Williams is currently incarcerated at the Harford County Detention Center awaiting an appearance before a district court commissioner.

Press Release

May 08, 2006