An Elkton man is facing numerous drug-related charges after the vehicle he was riding in was pulled over for a traffic stop at about 11:30 last night.
Aaron D Headspeth, 60, of the 300 block of Landing Lane, was charged with possession and intent to distribute both heroin and cocaine and several other charges.
Elkton police officer Dennis LaSassa was on patrol in the area of westbound Route 40 and West End Gardens last evening when he saw a silver 1999 Mercedes Sedan operating with an inoperable tag light. LaSassa initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and stopped the Mercedes for further investigation. Two people were in the vehicle.
LaSassa was able to identify both the driver and passenger. The passenger was identified as Aaron Headspeth. LaSassa reported he was familiar with Headspeth due to previous contact in regards to drug violations.
During the course of the traffic stop, LaSassa requested the assistance of the Elkton K-9 Unit, K-9 Officer Matthew Nussle and K-9 Rommel. A scan of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in a positive alert for a Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and the following items were discovered in the passenger compartment of the vehicle: clear plastic bag of suspected crack cocaine, six hypodermic needles, several empty plastic bags with white powder reside (suspected cocaine), a crack pipe and a spoon with residue. Further investigation revealed these items belonged to the passenger, Headspeth. Headspeth was placed under arrest and transported back to the Elkton Police Department.
After arriving at the police station and removing Headspeth from the vehicle, LaSassa located an additional small bag of suspected cocaine on the rear plastic seat where Headspeth had been seated. The bag was found torn open and pieces of the cocaine were crushed, indicating Headspeth had attempted to destroy evidence, police said. Headspeth apologized for placing the drugs in the vehicle.
A search warrant was applied for and issued for Headspeth's residence, located at 311 Landing Lane, Apartment 6. The search warrant was executed at 2:33 a.m. Wednesday. As a result of the search warrant the following was discovered and seized: a safe containing $19,351.03 U.S. Currency, 23.5 grams of raw heroin, 7.8 grams of crack cocaine, 15 baggies of crack cocaine, four scales, 21 bags of packaging baggies, two packs of razor blades, large bag of rubber bands, marijuana, and a suboxone strip.
Back at the station, in a trash can located in the sally port where Headspeth had been standing, LaSassa also discovered seven baggies of crack cocaine, and 17 baggies of suspected heroine. The bags were the same packaging style and color as the ones confiscated from Headspeth. LaSassa informed Headspeth that the cameras in the sally port would be reviewed to see if he put these items in the trash can. Police reported that after hearing that, Headspeth stated, “You got me.”