CHESTERTOWN — A man whose criminal history includes prosecution on attempted murder charges in Baltimore was arrested last week on drug charges here.
Kirk Ralph Fonseca, 32, who gave police an address in Chester Harbor, was apprehended in the Courtyard Inn Motel on Church Hill Road in Queen Anne’s County. Suspected heroin, suspected cocaine and two handguns were seized during Fonseca’s arrest.
According to a news release from the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, police developed Fonseca as a suspect in recent “crimes of violence directly related to the illegal drug trade” in Chestertown.
G. Robert Mowell, interim state’s attorney for Kent County, would not comment when asked if there was any connection between Fonseca’s arrest on Aug. 16 and the shootings in the upper High Street area of Chestertown on Aug. 4 and Aug. 10.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Aug. 16, task force officers served Fonseca with the arrest warrant. The Maryland State Police’s Special Tactical Assault Team Element made the initial entry into Fonseca’s motel room and he was taken into custody without incident, according to the news release.
Also in the room was Sherelle Christine Hopkins, 27, of Baltimore.
The inventory of items located in plain view in the motel room included 42 capsules of suspected heroin (10.1 grams), 2.6 grams of suspected powdered cocaine and 0.8 grams of suspected crack cocaine.
The charges against Fonseca and Hopkins include possession of a narcotic with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime and illegal possession of a firearm.
They are being held in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center without bail.
Separate preliminary hearings for Fonseca and Hopkins are set for Sept. 13. At that time a district court judge will determine if there is probable cause to believe they committed the offenses.
Also last week, Fonseca was issued a Kent County District Court arrest warrant charging him with possession of a handgun; illegal possession of a firearm; disorderly conduct; and inducing, inhibiting the testimony of a witness.
The offenses are alleged to have occurred July 26 in the 400-block of Morgnec Road, Chestertown.
Mowell said on Tuesday that these charges are not related to the recent shootings in town.
He said he filed the criminal information based on investigation by law enforcement and provided to the Kent County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Fonseca’s trial on the Kent County charges is Oct. 1.
According to online court records, Fonseca is awaiting trial at the end of October in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County on charges that include armed robbery and second-degree assault.
He was found not guilty on charges of attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a firearm in August 2012 in Baltimore City.