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Man suspected of dealing heroin from Havre de Grace apartments is arrested

Havre de Grace police investigating one alleged heroin dealer in the city were led to another, who was arrested last week, the city’s police department said.

Several apartments in the 500 block of Union Avenue have been a “location of interest” to Havre de Grace police since July 2017, when they were told heroin was being sold from the first-floor apartments, according to court charging documents.

The first person under investigation, who was not identified by name in court records, was from Baltimore City, living in an apartment with his girlfriend and allegedly trafficking heroin from Baltimore to Havre de Grace “for street level distribution on a regular basis,” according to charging documents.

As officers investigated him, they saw another narcotics dealer, who goes by “S-Dot,” allegedly doing business from the same building, according to charging documents.

“S-Dot” was identified as Shawn Jerome Layne, 34, who police said does not have a residential address in Harford County.

After the alleged first dealer was evicted, police saw increased vehicle and foot traffic to the rear of the 500 block of Congress Avenue at all hours of the evening. Several of the people seen in the area are known heroin users in the Havre de Grace community, according to police.

As police investigated Layne, the found he was using two third-floor apartments to allegedly conduct his transactions and a first-floor utility closet to allegedly stash some of his personal items, according to charging documents.

On Jan. 30, a Havre de Grace Police officer was watching the back door of the apartment complex, a door that is supposed to be locked at all times, according to charging documents. Another officer was watching the front of the building at the intersection of Union and Congress avenues.

Around 10 p.m., a woman went to the back door and a minute later, Layne came down to meet her, according to court records. She allegedly received two small items consistent with the size and shape of packaged narcotics. She allegedly handed Layne cash, according to the charging documents.

An officer followed the woman and stopped her near Freedom Lane and Girard Street, where the officer found several papers containing a brown-tan substance suspected to be heroin, according to court records.

On Feb. 3, Layne stashed a backpack in the supply closet of the building and returned to a third-floor apartment. In the backpack police found nearly 1,000 blue wax papers — common for packaging heroin — a silver electronics scale with brown residue and a black plastic handgun, according to court records.

Layne was arrested Thursday and charged with distributing a narcotic, drug possession other than marijuana, drug possession with intent to distribute, maintaining a common nuisance by distributing narcotics, drug possession near school property and drug possession with intent to distribute near school property (because the apartment complex is within 1,000 feet of school grounds, a violation of Maryland law), according to court records.

He was taken to Harford County Detention Center, where he is being held without bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled March 8 in Harford County District Court, court records show.

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