Elkton traffic case turns into more than license points Later raids on homes net cash, jewelry, weapons and dynamite


The penalties for speeding and failing to use seat belts mounted yesterday for two suspected drug smugglers who were caught Wednesday along Interstate 95 with 71.5 pounds of cocaine in their Cadillac.

Raids at two Prince Georges County homes and a business operated by one of the suspects turned up more than $125,000 in cash, furs and jewelry, along with cutting agents, 2 more pounds of drugs, four weapons and 11 sticks of dynamite.

The 1988 Cadillac was heading south on I-95 near Elkton Wednesday afternoon when Tfc. John E. Appleby clocked it at 61 mph and stopped the car, police said.

The trooper, assigned to the Kennedy Highway barracks, also noticed that neither the driver nor the passenger was obeying Maryland's seat belt law and asked both men to produce identification.

Noticing what appeared to be cocaine on the passenger's identification card, Trooper Appleby detained the men while the car was searched.

The cocaine -- which was estimated yesterday to be worth more than $3 million -- was found in the trunk, and $5,041 in cash was seized from the vehicle, police said.

Arrested on drug and traffic charges were Arthur Gardiner Watson, 53, of the 3700 block of Walnut Lane in Suitland, and Austin Harris Jenkins, 44, of the 2200 block of Fort Hill Road in Fort Washington.

They were being held on $350,000 bond each at the Cecil County Detention Center.

Cpl. Carl Pearsall, spokesman for the state police Bureau of Drug Enforcement, said a team that included troopers and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents had warrants Thursday to search both homes and Mr. Jenkins' Fort Washington retail store, Hatmasters, in the 3800 block of Old Silver Hill Road.

The haul itemized by police yesterday included one pound each of cocaine and heroin, 48 grams of crack cocaine, and more than 80 pounds of a cutting agent commonly used in diluting and packaging drugs before they are sold.

Also confiscated were two shotguns and two pistols, 11 sticks of dynamite, $98,000 in cash, furs valued at $28,000, about $1,000 worth of jewelry, $5,000 in electrical equipment and vehicles valued at $7,000.

Police said recovery of the dynamite has prompted an investigation by the state fire marshal's office.

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