Bel Air man, 18, found with 18 bags of heroin in car, police say

A Bel Air High School student, who told a judge he was looking to transfer to C. Milton Wright High School, is accused of planning to distribute heroin after he was arrested early Monday in an alleged burglary attempt, according to police charging documents.

Bel Air Police officers reported finding 18 bags of suspected heroin in the car of Zachary Roberto Forrester, 18, of the 900 block of Pentwood Road in Bel Air, at about 12:55 a.m., according to a statement of charges.


Forrester was pulled over on Jackson Boulevard after a resident in the 900 block reported hearing someone trying to open her garage door and seeing a male fleeing, according to the statement of charges.

Police smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and found about 0.12 pounds of marijuana, two glass jars with marijuana residue and a marijuana grinder in a backpack in the vehicle, according to the charges.

Forrester was homeless for two years and has recently been living with a friend, Melissa Feliciano, his public defender, told Harford County District Court Judge Mimi Cooper at a bail review Tuesday.

He is trying to transfer from Bel Air High School to C. Milton Wright High School, she said, and is on constant watch at the Harford County Detention Center because he has depression.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Lewis, who mentioned "the current problems in the community" in regards to heroin, said Forrester was apparently at Jackson Boulevard to conduct a drug transaction and said his contacts in the county are "tenuous at best."

Cooper ordered Forrester held on $5,000 bond and ordered him to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Forrester is charged with two counts of possessing drugs with intent to distribute, possessing marijuana, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and possessing drug paraphernalia, according to court records.