County Narcotics Task Force officers have arrested and charged the wife of a suspected Westminster drug dealer with five cocaine offenses after receiving tips from informants that she was trying to deal drugs after her husband went to jail.
Denise Doreen Kutcherman, 24, of the 200 block of E. Main St., was arrested with three other people about 3:30 p.m. Thursday in a car the officers stopped at Route 140 and Leidy Road.
Mrs. Kutcherman was charged with cocaine possession, possession with intent to distribute and three other drug counts, authorities said.
Sgt. John Burton, the task force supervisor, said informants told police that Mrs. Kutcherman may have been trying to sell cocaine to raise bail for her husband.
But the husband, Kenneth Eugene Kutcherman, 23, is being held without bail on cocaine distribution and three related charges.
The Kutchermans both are in the Carroll County Detention Center. She is being held on $200,000 bond, which was set by a District Court judge Friday.
Sergeant Burton said the informants supplied the task force with detailed information that led to the arrest of Mrs. Kutcherman and the three other drug suspects.
The other suspects are Richard Anthony Tyler, 22, of Mount Airy, and Tina Michelle Dotson, 26, and Vicky Lynn Blizzard, 33, both of Westminster.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police stopped a 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix at Route 140 and Leidy Road. After a K-9 dog indicated the presence of drugs, police searched the vehicle and reported that they found four grams of cocaine in a potato chip xTC bag stuffed under the rear passenger seat where Mrs. Kutcherman had been sitting.
Police estimated the street value of the drugs at $800.
Mr. Kutcherman, described by the task force as a drug supplier and dealer at the open air drug market at South Center and Charles Street, was arrested Feb. 26 when officers raided his home and reported finding 20 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $800 in cash.
Mr. Tyler and Ms. Blizzard are both being held on $50,000 and $25,000 full bond, respectively.
Ms. Dotson was released on $20,000 unsecured bond by a court commissioner.