Police recover over 5,000 bags of heroin during traffic stop
DELMAR, Md. – Police say a traffic stop led to the recovery of more than 5,000 bags of heroin/fentanyl earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Wicomico County Sheriffs deputies were in the area of Route 13 in Delmar when they observed a black Chevy Cruze with Texas temporary registration in the area of Route 13 and Stage Road. A traffic stop was initiated between Stage Road and Foskey Road on Route 13. The vehicle continued to travel at a slow speed on the shoulder with its hazard lights before eventually stopping on E. Chestnut Street.
Contact was made with the occupants, identified as 18-year-old Darlan Orellana and 21-year-old Abner Moreno. A police K-9 unit was called to the scene and conducted a scan of the vehicle, with the K-9 alerting officers of the odor of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed only cell phones, but due to the delayed stop of the vehicle, deputies walked the edge of the roadway near the traffic stop and recovered a black-colored bag on the roadside. Inside the bag, police found 5,200 bags of heroin/fentanyl packaged for street level sales.
Through investigation, it was confirmed through surveillance footage that both subjects were in possession of the bag at a local convenience store prior to the traffic stop.
Both Moreno and Orellana were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of a narcotic with a detectable amount of fentanyl. They were both held without bond.