Area Traffic Stop Results In Large Cocaine Bust

BERLIN – A Salisbury man well known to local law enforcement agencies was arrested last week in a significant cocaine bust after a routine traffic stop on Route 113 just north of Berlin.

A little before 7 p.m. last Wednesday, a Maryland State Police trooper traveling west on Route 90 just west of its intersection with Route 113 observed a white Chevrolet SUV moving toward him at what appeared to be a high rate of speed. The trooper checked the vehicle with radar and noted it was going 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. The trooper then turned around and began to pursue the SUV, eventually stopping it on Route 113 near Carey Rd.

The trooper approached the vehicle, driven by Dwight Foreman, 30, of Salisbury. While speaking to Foreman, the trooper noticed the suspect became increasingly nervous and began to perspire. The trooper conducted a routine license and warrant search on Foreman and found his license is currently suspended and revoked in Maryland.

A short time later, a drug detection K-9 unit from the Ocean City Police Department arrived on the scene and conducted a scan on the Foreman’s SUV. The K-9’s handler informed the trooper the dog alerted on the Chevy truck, indicating the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

A search of the vehicle then turned up a Nike shoebox in the rear cargo area of the truck and the box was found to contain six individual plastic bags of suspected cocaine. Foreman was then placed under arrest and transported to the MSP Berlin barrack for processing.

A field test of the contents of the six plastic bags revealed it was indeed cocaine. During processing, it was learned the total approximate weight of the cocaine found in Foreman’s truck was 1,179 grams, or 2.6 pounds, making it a significant drug bust in Worcester County.

According to the police report, the Worcester County Narcotics Task Force is familiar with Foreman as a result of an extensive investigation into the distribution of controlled dangerous substances in the county. In fact, Foreman was convicted on a possession of crack cocaine charge in 2004 and was sentenced to four years in jail with all but one year suspended.

Due to the extensive investigation into narcotics distribution in the county, the arresting trooper contacted members of the narcotics task force and the case, and the suspected cocaine, was turned over to the task force for further investigation. Foreman has a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 21.