According to police, an officer pulled over the vehicle which was traveling from New Jersey to South Carolina for speeding on I-95 near Exit 50 (Canton Avenue) on Sunday.
Inside of the vehicle were Raken Kwame Gause, 26, of Longs, S.C., Rashawn Deon’Tra Gore, 25, of Little River, S.C., and Jamison Damar Ward, 23, of Aynor, S.C.
After police had what they called a brief interview, police located less than 10 grams of marijuana, 6.250 pouches of heroin and prescription cough medicine in the cabin of the vehicle.
Police say the 625 grams of heroin seized, has a street value of approximately $62,500.
“This is a significant arrest in Maryland’s fight against the destructive heroin and opioid epidemic,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. “The MDTA Police is committed to keeping heroin out of Maryland’s communities and to shutting down dealers using our interstates as transport routes to destroy communities in neighboring states.”
All three of the men are facing the following charges:
-Drug possession of heroin with intent to distribute
-Drug possession of heroin,
-Importation of at least four grams of opium
-Altering a prescription drug label
-Various other drug related charges
Gause is also charged with exceeding the maximum posted speed limit and Ward charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
After initial processing the men were taken to Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Facility. The District Court Commissioner issued bail in the amount of, $400,000 for Gore and Ward and $500,000 bail for Gause.
In a statement released by Governor Larry Hogan he said that heroin epidemic has caused devastation in all corners of Maryland.
“My administration is committed to providing better treatment, support for prevention and stronger law-enforcement efforts to address this crisis. Preventing drugs from entering our state is just as important as helping individuals and families struggling with heroin addiction, and I commend our MDTA Police for their stellar work on the front lines of this fight.”
Just last month, MDTA Police also seized 18 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on I-95 Baltimore.