Speeding and drug smuggling proved to be a bad combination for three drivers hurrying south late last week on Interstate 95.
In little more than 30 hours between Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, troopers who stopped three cars for speeding, made major drug seizures and arrested nine people on charges of smuggling cocaine or heroin, said state police spokesman Chuck Jackson.
The troopers also confiscated drugs with an estimated street value of more than $250,000, the authorities said.
The Kennedy Highway smuggling roundup began about 9:30 Thursday morning when Trooper John R. Greene Jr. stopped a 1986 Cadillac clocked at 73 mph in the southbound lanes near North East and noticed several packages of what appeared to be heroin tucked into the waistband of the driver, William R. Anderson, 42, of Alexandria, Va.
A search turned up more than an ounce of cocaine and close to a quarter-pound of heroin divided into 1,150 packages, police said. Mr. Anderson was being held yesterday in the Cecil County Detention Center in lieu of $250,000 bail, while an 18-year-old female passenger was released without charges, authorities said.
About 1 p.m. Friday, Trooper Paul J. Quill stopped a southbound 1986 Chevrolet Cavalier clocked at 66.9 mph near Havre de Grace.
He noted that the two male occupants appeared to be nervous and obtained their consent to search the car's trunk.
The result was the week's biggest drug haul -- three kilograms of cocaine estimated to be worth $250,000. Driver J.D. Zimmerman, 59, of Richmond, and passengers Willie Dale McKinzie, 36, of the 1700 block of Bloomingdale Avenue in Baltimore, and Rebecca Watkins, 27, of New York, were being held yesterday at the Harford County Detention Center. Bail for Mr. McKinzie was set at $200,000, and for the others at $50,000, authorities said.
About 3:30 p.m. Friday, Trooper John Appleby stopped a southbound 1985 Chevrolet for speeding near North East.
He received permission to search the car, noticed that a passenger window would not roll down completely, and found a hand-scale and nearly three-quarters of a pound of crack cocaine inside the door panel.
Arrested were Richard Sheldon Littlejohn, 28, of Gibson, N.C.; his 21-year-old brothers, Warren Purnell Littlejohn and Daryl Levell Littlejohn, and Loukisha Denise McKenzie, 18, all of Rockingham, N.C.
They remained in the Cecil Detention Center yesterday, with bail for Richard Littlejohn and Ms. McKenzie set at $35,000, and at $50,000 for the others, officials said.