2 kilos of cocaine seized in I-95 stop 3 arrested

September 16, 1994|By From Staff Reports

A routine traffic stop near Havre de Grace Tuesday led to three arrests and the seizure of more than 2 kilograms of cocaine powder worth an estimated $210,500, a 1991 Acura Integra and $44,500, authorities said.

The stop in Harford County prompted state police to arrest a New Jersey motorist and led to two arrests in Baltimore County, said Cpl. John Wilhelm of the John F. Kennedy barracks.

A trooper stopped Miguel Eduardo Velez, 41, of Jersey City, N.J., for speeding south on Interstate 95 about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Corporal Wilhelm said. The trooper searched the Acura and found 4.7 pounds of cocaine, the corporal said, and Mr. Velez was arrested and charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute and smuggling cocaine.

Police said they arrested Ralph Quahn Purnell, 21, and Leroy Dunham Jr., 21, both of Baltimore, after a drug sale connected to the cocaine seized from the Acura. Both were charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute. A pistol found in their car was confiscated.

Mr. Velez was being held at the Harford County Detention Center in Bel Air on $1 million bond, which was later reduced to $250,000 by a District Court judge, authorities said yesterday. Mr. Purnell and Mr. Dunham were released from the Baltimore County jail yesterday, each on $250,000 bond, authorities said.

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