Dust on ID card leads to mountain of cocaine

June 14, 1991

A Maryland trooper who stopped a Cadillac for speeding ended up seizing $4.5 million worth of cocaine, state police said yesterday.

Tfc. John E. Appleby stopped the car in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Elkton at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday. He asked both the driver and passenger for identification and noticed a small amount of cocaine on the passenger's ID card, police said.

It was, in a manner of speaking, the tip of an iceberg.

The trooper then searched the Cadillac and turned up 71.5 pounds of cocaine, along with $5,041, according to police.

Arthur Gardiner Watson of Suitland and Austin Harris Jenkins of Fort Washington were being held yesterday on drug charges at the Cecil County Detention Center. Police said that information from the two suspects has prompted an investigation, with assistance from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, into drug sales in Prince George's County and that an announcement about the probe is expected today.

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