Three out-of-state men pulled over on I-95 in Harford County on Tuesday have been charged with carrying drugs for distribution, including one Virginia man found with 150 baggies of heroin, according to Maryland State Police and Harford County Sheriff's Office reports.
Dean Clifford Chapell, 28, of the 3800 block of Burnley Station Road in Barboursville, Va., was pulled over at about 12:40 a.m. near the Route 155 interchange after a sheriff's deputy saw his registration plate was at an odd angle and found no record of the registration in Virginia, according to a statement of charges.
Chapell told the deputy he was driving home from Baltimore, although he was traveling north, according to the statement of charges.
The deputy saw he had at least one gang-related tattoo and a search of the vehicle turned up bundles that added up to 150 individual packets of heroin, according to the statement of charges.
The heroin weighed 55.9 grams, about 1/8 of a pound, with an estimated street value of $3,000, according to the statement.
Chapell was charged with possessing drugs with intent to distribute, possessing a drug other than marijuana, possessing a large amount of drugs, importing drugs into the state and two driving charges.
He was ordered held without bail on Wednesday by a Harford County District Court judge.
On the same day in another traffic stop, Godraheem Allah Gravenhise, 32, of the first block of Highland Drive in Middletown, N.J., and Steve H. Audige, 31, of the 500 block of Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn, N.Y., were pulled over on I-95 near the Aberdeen exit.
At about 4:46 p.m., a Maryland State Police officer noticed the car they were in was following another car too closely and could not find the vehicle's registration, according to a statement of charges.
A K-9 unit found several plastic baggies containing marijuana, weighing a total of 316.2 grams, a little over half a pound, according to the statement of charges.
Audige and Gravenhise were each charged with possessing drugs with intent to distribute and possessing marijuana.
Both have since posted $20,000 bonds and have been released from the Harford County Detention Center, according to court records.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun