On November 6, 2011 a Cumberland Police Department officer observed a speeding violation on Interstate 68 west bound and stopped the vehicle near the Beall Street exit. The officer contacted the occupants and notified the driver of the violation. The driver, Brian Keith Swope Sr., was found to be operating the vehicle on a revoked driver's license. During the course of the stop the officer observed behavior that indicated the probability that the occupants may be concealing contraband. The officer conducted a consent search and located 148 capsules containing suspected heroin and other CDS paraphernalia. The estimated street value of the suspected heroin is $10,000. The driver, Swope age 48 of Cumberland, and a passenger, Steven Dorman Whealton, age 34 of Keyser, were arrested at the scene and transported to Cumberland Police Department for processing. Swope was issued a traffic citation for driving on a revoked license. Both Swope and Whealton were charged with CDS possession charges and CDS possession with intent to distribute. Swope and Whealton were taken to Allegany County District Court for an initial appearance and both were held in the Allegany County Detention Center on $55,000 bond.
Washington County Sheriff:
Maryland State Police, Frederick:
On 11/7/11 at 10:30 AM, TFC Richard Kulina was positioned stationary on I-70 at Mt Tabor Rd, Frederick County, MD, conducting speed enforcement on the east bound lanes of travel. At the above noted time, he observed a white Mercedes with VA tags approaching his location at a high rate of speed in lane 1. Utilizing an electronic speed device he obtained a speed reading of 81 MPH in the posted 65 MPH speed zone.
Based on the speed violation, a traffic stop was initiated on the vehicle. TFC Kulina then made contact with the driver and sole occupant Eric Jackel, 31, of Williamsburg, VA. While speaking with Mr. Jackel, TFC Kulina detected a moderate odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car. Continued investigation revealed marijuana and associated paraphernalia found within the vehicle.
Mr. Jackel was arrested without incident and transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center for processing.