Two men were arrested after a traffic stop in Middletown led police to the discovery of over 200 bags of heroin on Friday.
According to the Middletown Police Department, at about 8 p.m. on April 22, officers conducted a traffic stop of a Subaru Outback for a traffic violation.
As officers talked to the driver, they saw the passenger attempt to hide a small bundle of heroin, police said.
The driver, James Walker, 42, of the 400 block of North Catherine Street in Middletown was asked to exit the vehicle and he was secured in the police car. Police searched Walker’s vehicle and found 223 bags of heroin stamped “FUEGO.”
Police seized six bags of heroin from the hand of the passenger, Johnas Ortiz, 40 of North East, Maryland.
Walker and Ortiz were charged with manufacturing or possession with the intention to distribute a controlled substance tier two quantity with aggravated factor; possession of a controlled substance in tier three quantity; second degree conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The men were arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court #2.
Ortiz received a secured bond of $41,500, while Walker received a secured bond of $41,001. Both men were committed to James Vaughn Correctional Facility in lieu of bond.