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Police find cocaine in trunk during traffic stop in I-81 in Washington County

November 20, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

Police found more than $23,000 worth of cocaine in a car during a traffic stop on Interstate 81 on Thursday, according to Washington County District Court documents.

The driver, Kevin Lamont Merritt, 39, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was being held on $400,000 bond, according to the documents. His charges include importing cocaine into the state and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute.

Maryland State Police trooper C.W. Miller said he stopped the Chevrolet Cobalt that Merritt was driving at about 11 p.m. in the area of Halfway Boulevard after he clocked it going 72 mph in a 60 mph zone, according to charging documents.

Troopers said they found a package in the trunk of the car containing just less than half a pound of suspected crack cocaine, a tennis ball in the cup holder containing seven small baggies of crack cocaine and a suspected cutting agent inside a vitamin bottle, according to the documents.

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The importing charge, a felony, carries a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Washington County District Court.

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