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Man Arrested After Police Chase, 520 Bags of Heroin Recovered

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Paul D. Jenkins, 35, of Harrington (Photo: MSP) Paul D. Jenkins, 35, of Harrington (Photo: MSP)

SALISBURY, Md.– Maryland State Police say a suspected heroin dealer led officers from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase Monday afternoon through Salisbury and Delmar, Del. The chase ended with the suspect's arrest and the recovery of more than 500 bags of heroin, according to troopers. 

Troopers said Paul D. Jenkins, 35, of Harrington, Del., was identified as a suspect connected with heroin distribution throughout the region and investigators believed he would be transporting the drug Monday in the Salisbury area.

Investigators said undercover police officers saw Jenkins at around 4 p.m., driving a Ford Taurus with Delaware registration, in the parking lot of a shopping center in the 2700 block of North Salisbury Boulevard. A Maryland state trooper and Salisbury police officer turned on emergency equipment on their unmarked vehicle and stopped in front of Jenkins, authorities said. Another trooper in an unmarked vehicle stopped behind Jenkins. Police said officers wearing vests marked “police” walked toward Jenkins, identifying themselves as officers and repeatedly ordering him to show his hands.

According to police, Jenkins drove in reverse, backing into the trooper's patrol car with the trooper still inside. Jenkins then drove forward toward another trooper, who was able to jump out of the way, police said. Jenkins drove north on Route 13 at a high speed, hit a Ford pickup truck and continued making unsafe lane changes, running cars off the road and driving onto the shoulder at speeds over 100 miles per hour, authorities said.

Delaware State Police were notified as the pursuit continued into Delaware on Route 13. Police said officers were able to position vehicles around Jenkins’ car and block it in on East Snake Road. While officers were doing this, police said they saw Jenkins throw a bag out of the car. Police said after a brief struggle, officers were able to take Jenkins into custody and officers recovered the bag thrown from the car that had 520 bags of suspected heroin packaged for street sales.

Jenkins was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, where he was examined and released. He was then taken to the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack, and later transported to the Wicomico County Detention Center’s Central Booking facility, police said.

Jenkins is charged with five counts each of first- and second-degree assault, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jenkins is also charged with 10 traffic offenses, including failing to stop at a stop sign, unsafe passing on the shoulder and speeding.

Police said no one was injured during the incident. 

Law enforcement agencies assisting in the investigation and arrest included the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force, the Salisbury Police Department, Delmar Police, Maryland State Police and Delaware State Police.

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