Purple Drank Charges for Christopher Smith; 3 others indicted on drug charges
LEONARDTOWN, MD. — Christopher Andrew Smith, 25, of Laurel, was on his way out of a St. Mary’s County drugstore with some Purple Drank when narco cops pounced on him, reports St. Mary’s Vice and Narco Commander Capt. Daniel Alioto. Alioto reports that Detectives continue to investigate prescription fraud incidents involving a group of individuals attempting to obtain “Promethazine-Codeine” known on the street as “Purple Drank”. A series of arrests involving the popular narcotics have been made in the past year.
Smith, 25, of 9128 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Md., was arrested by Deputy Michael A. Labanowski after detectives apprehended him picking up the fraudulent prescription from a local pharmacy. Smith was charged on a civil citation and immediately released for possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana. It is likely that Smith will either roll over on his competitors and associates in the drug business and never be charged or else his indictment will be rolled out in coming months.
Smith was arrested in Prince Georges County, Md., and charged with possession of drugs and also of pot, and possession of drugs with the intent to distribute on Dec. 20, 2014.
Prince Georges County States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks dropped two of the charges on April 16, 2015. Alsobrooks dumped the distribution charge on Jan. 30, 2015, Smith was represented in court by a taxpayer-provided attorney, Maryland Public Defender Jennifer Park, the Acting Chief of the District Court Division in Hyattsville. The other shoe dropped on April 30, 2015 when the Prince Georges County Grand Jury handed down a wheelbarrow load of indictments against Smith.
Smith now faces the following Counts: (1) CDS possess with intent to distribute, (2) Firearm/Drug Trafficking Crime, (3) Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession, (4) CDS: Possess-Cocaine, (5) Handgun: Wear/Carry & Transport In Vehicle/Public Roads, ETC, (6) Con-Possess With Intent To Distribute. Attorney C. T. Wilson with the Public Defender’s Office in Upper Marlboro, Md., filed to represent Smith.
The Legislative Auditor criticized the Public Defender’s Office last year for failing to properly certify who they give legal defense to in Maryland Courts and failing to collect administrative fees required to be paid to defray the costs of the operation to the taxpayers. Drug dealers in Maryland routinely avail themselves of public defenders unless they are looking at hard time, then they dig into their piggy banks, dig up money buried in their momma’s back yard or go to a safe deposit box in another state and hire high-priced experienced attorneys.
Alioto reports that the investigation has numerous suspects in multiple jurisdictions and additional arrests and charges are pending a review with St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz.
Other drug arrests include:
Chelsea Alissa Ganse, 21, of Lexington Park, was indicted and charged with possession of pot with the intent to sell it.
James William Blackiston, 22, of Lexington Park, Md., was identified by police as a distributor of marijuana. Undercover purchases were conducted, say police, and a subsequent search and seizure warrant was executed. Police report that recovered from his residence was more than 27 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, a cell phone, a handgun and additional rounds of ammunition.
Jack Anthony White, 31, of District Heights, Md., was indicted for being in the cocaine business and having enough of the drug to sell.