A California truck driver is being held without bail in Harford County after being charged in connection with the discovery of $1 million worth of suspected heroin and $100,000 worth of suspected methamphetamines during a police traffic stop on I-95 near Havre de Grace last week.
Cesar Carillo-Gomez, 52, of the 500 block of Chirdinni Drive in Gonzales, Calif., was arrested Thursday after being pulled over by a trooper on I-95 at 8:40 p.m. near the Route 155 Havre de Grace exit for negligent driving and failing to obey a traffic control device, according to charging documents from Maryland State Police.
The state trooper, who is assigned to the JFK Barrack in Perryville, noticed "numerous indicators of criminal activity" and called in a drug dog team, which led to finding 5,700 grams — roughly 12 pounds — of suspected heroin and 484 grams — a little more than a pound — of methamphetamines, according to the charging documents.
The suspected drugs, wrapped in five hard bricks and one long circular item, had been stored in two after-market compartments that had been built into the side walls behind the driver and passenger doors of the Freightliner I, according to charging documents.
Carillo-Gomez, who required a Spanish interpreter for his bail review Monday, has an expired California license and an Arizona address as a current home address, an assistant state's attorney told Harford County District Court Judge David Carey.
Carey ordered Carillo-Gomez held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center. Following his arrest, bail had been set initially at $2 million.
Public defender Bruce Andres said Carillo-Gomez has been a truck driver since 2000.
He is separated from his wife and is supporting four adult children and three stepchildren, Andres told the judge. He also had an address where he could stay in Delaware if released from jail, Andres said.
Carillo-Gomez is charged with two counts of importing drugs into the state, two counts of possessing a large amount of drugs, two counts of possessing narcotics with intent to distribute and two counts of possessing a drug other than marijuana.
Despite the reason cited for the traffic stop in the charging documents, he was not charged with any driving offenses.