Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Maryland Police seize 24 pounds heroin, fentanyl

A Maryland State Police trooper was running speed enforcement along I-270. The trooper clocked a tractor-trailer with California plates traveling 70 in a 55 mile per hour zone. During a traffic stop, the trooper sensed the truck driver, Marco Popovich, 41, looked nervous. The trooper radioed for a drug sniffing dog.

Police searched Popovich's trailer and found a duffel bag full of drugs. Inside it were 10.8 pounds of heroin, 4.3 pounds of fentanyl 8.3 and pounds of an "unknown white powder substance." Maryland had 2,280 overdose deaths in 2017 compared with 2,089 the year before. In the first three months of 2018 a total of 653 Maryland residents died from overdose.
Popovich is being held without bond in Montgomery County. He faces more than 90 years in prison.