Heroin Hoedown! Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit Arrests Large Scale Distributors of Illegal Opioids in Five Counties

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Heroin Hoedown!

Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit Arrests Large Scale Distributors of Illegal Opioids in Five Counties

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PIKESVILLE, MD.  – A combined law enforcement effort on Thursday, May 25, and again on Friday, May 26, 2017, led to the arrests of twenty-five residents in four Maryland counties and one Delaware county, one of whom is believed to have been heavily involved in a large-scale distribution of opioids in the region.

Maryland State Police reports that after consultation with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, 22 residential search warrants were executed and on May 25th, 18 individuals were served with indictments during a well- coordinated takedown that encompassed suspects located in Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Caroline County, Anne Arundel County in Maryland and New Castle County in Delaware. All 18 were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and various other felony charges.  They were transported to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center for an appearance before the court commissioner. Additional arrests are pending. On May 26, 2017, another seven were arrested.

The Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, assisted by multiple law enforcement partners began this investigation in the Fall of 2016, when investigators developed information indicating Paul Standsbury Roberts, 46, of Worton, MD was involved in a large-scale drug trafficking organization in Queen Anne’s County, importing and distributing large amounts of opioids on a daily basis including Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, Methadone and Heroin. The investigation further revealed that Roberts was also selling large amounts of crack and powdered cocaine while dealing with several suppliers of cocaine.

Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Swat team at a house on heroin raid in Brownsville, Md. 052517

One of the persons supplying Roberts was identified as Roma Scott, 52, of Worton, Maryland. A separate, parallel investigation began and it was determined he was also selling cocaine, crack cocaine and opioid pills on a daily basis for more than twelve years.

Both Roberts and Scott claimed to be self-employed, one in the lawn care business, and the other as an event planner providing moon bounces and mechanical bulls for parties and fairs. They used these covers to hide the U.S. currency they were making from the illegal drug trade.

Both Roberts and Scott claimed to be self-employed, one in the lawn care business, and the other as an event planner providing moon bounces and mechanical bulls for parties and fairs. They used these covers to hide the U.S. currency they were making from the illegal drug trade.

As a result of this investigation, over the past six weeks, Roberts and Scott are suspected of collectively importing 4000 Oxycodone pills, 50 Morphine pills, 50 Fentanyl Pills, and a collective mix of over 1000 Suboxone, Methadone and Percocet pills, along with 49 ounces (3.6 pounds) of cocaine which they then sold for profit in Kent County and Queen Anne’s County.  The street value of these drugs has an estimated value in excess of $130,000.00.

Further investigation showed that Roberts and Scott were being supplied from multiple sources. Indictments were also served to these sources, to include Robert Henry Brown Jr., 43, of Annapolis, John Louis Lloyd 3rd, 35, of Henderson, Maryland and a third person from Middletown, Delaware.

The Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit coordinates with local law enforcement in gathering intelligence to combat the illegal distribution of opioids and heroin.  This six weeks combined law enforcement effort involved police departments across Maryland.

Assistance was provided by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force,  the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, The Talbot County Drug Task Force, the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force, the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, the Chestertown Police Department, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Central South, the Maryland State Police Gang Unit, Homeland Security Investigators, the Metro Area Drug Task Force, the Centreville Police Department, the Department of Natural Resources Police and the Delaware State Police.

The following seven individuals were indicted May 26, 2017:

Troy Leonis Somerville, 28, Worton, MD

Roshana Sharnett Wright, 38, Middletown, DE

Autumn Brittany Wiltbank, 30, Church Hill, MD

Chandler Willis Stubbs, 21, Betterton, MD

James Oliver Barrett Jr., 59, Chestertown, MD

Anthony Allen Gibson, 46, Queenstown, MD

Katherine Maryne Arrabal, 31 Chestertown, MD

After consultation with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, additional felony indictments were served on seven suspects located on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware.  All seven were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and various other felony charges.  The total arrested to date in this investigation is now at 25 individuals, believed to be involved in the large-scale distribution of illegal opioids.  Additional arrests are still pending.

The first batch of the 25 search warrants was executed on May 25, 2017, when 18 individuals were located and served with indictments during a well-coordinated takedown in Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Caroline County, Anne Arundel County in Maryland and New Castle County in Delaware. All 25 people were transported to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center for an appearance before the court commissioner.

Heroin Hoedown More prisoners being transported to Detention Center

The following individuals were indicted May 25, 2017:

Roma Scott, 52, 25078 Travis Trail, Worton, Md.

Robert Wakefield Wright, 60, 11119 Old Worton Road, Worton, Md., was served with six counts of indictments by the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court of drug distribution. Bond was set by a Judge in the amount of $50,000.

David O’Conner Johnson, 64, of 8806 Georgetown Road, Chestertown, Md., charged with six counts of drug distribution by way of indictment by Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court.  A Judge set bond of $50,000.

Johnson was charged with possession of drugs on Jan. 27, 2017 in District Court in Kent County, Md. A taxpayer paid attorney is being provided for Johnson for this charge.

Johnson was charged on July 1, 2008, with possession of drugs and in a plea deal with Kent County States Attorney on Nov. 13, 2007, entered a guilty plea and was given six months in jail.

Marie Elizabeth Todd, 29, Chestertown, Md.

Jervis Wardell Blake, 52, Chestertown, Md.

Alexandria Antonia Crawford, 22, Chestertown, MD

Robert Henry Brown, 43, of 1318 Yorktown Road, Annapolis, Md., indicted on six counts of drug distribution. Bond was set at $50,000 by a Judge on May 25, 2017.

Aubrey Paum Cici, 58, Worton, MD

Sara Jane Hoffman, 54, 205 Pinder Hill Road, Church Hill, Md. 21623. Charged on March 3, 2017 in Kent County District Court with driving while license suspended.

Gregory Delano Lomax, 42, 1179 Jefferson Court, Dover, Del. Lomax was charged by criminal information in Kent County Circuit Court on Dec. 23, 2014 with conspiring to manufacture drugs. On July 7, 2015, Lomax entered an Alford Plea in exchange for a sentence of five years with two years suspended. Fifteen other charges were dropped in the plea deal with the Kent County States Attorney.

Paul Standsbury Roberts Jr., DOB 01/25/1981, of 11719 Saint James Rd., Worton, Md., was charged with sixty counts of various charges of dealing, possessing, intending deal and related charges involving heroin by way of indictments of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court. Bail was set at $250,000 by a Judge on May 25, 2017.

On Nov. 21, 2003 entered a guilty plea to possession of pot and was fined $250.

Alisha Kelly Kern, 28, of 11719 Saint James Church Road, Worton, Md., was indicted on six counts of drug distribution in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County. Bail was set at $75,000 by a Queen Anne’s Circuit Court Judge.

Kirby Brier Kimble, 22, 301 Brownsville Road, Centreville, Md., has been indicted three counts of drug distribution. According to her posts on Facebook, Kimble is the mother of a toddler and a baby.  Her bond was set at $25,000.

Brittany Nicole Stokes, 22, 1801 Sudlersville Road, Sudlersville, Md., was charged with six counts of conspiracy with intent to distribute heroin and other drugs by way of indictment by the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court on May 24, 2017.  

John Louis Lloyd 3rd, 35, Marydel, Md. Lloyd entered a guilty plea in a plea deal with the Caroline County States Attorney on charges of assault, wearing a handgun in a vehicle, use of a gun in a violent crime on March 3, 2004. The Deal: 4 years in prison with all the time suspended on the charge of second-degree assault. On gun charge, 3 years in jail, with work release.

Kwazi Odean Robinson, 37, Preston, Md. Kwazi Robinson is the ex-husband of Jami Lynn Robinson.  

In Caroline County District Court charges placed by Federalsburg Police Officer Brian McNeil for displaying expired tags on a vehicle. The charge was dropped by the Caroline States Attorney on Jan. 29, 2015. On the charge of driving while suspended Robinson entered a guilty plea in a deal with the Caroline County States Attorney for sixty days in jail, fine of $242.50 and probation of one year.

Robinson entered a guilty plea to driving while suspended on Oct. 24, 2016, in return for a thirty-day suspended sentence in a deal with Talbot County States Attorney Scott Patterson.

Jami Lynn Robinson, 36, of 608 Diamond Street, Easton, Md., and also of Preston, Md. Robinson was charged with driving without a permit by Easton Police Officer Huffman on May 27, 2016.  In a plea deal on Oct. 30, 2016, with Talbot County States Attorney Scott Patterson, Robinson was sentenced to 30 days in jail with all of the time suspended and no fine, with 24 months of probation.

On May 23, 2016, Robinson, with an address of 10097 Cooperville Road, Easton, Md., was charged by Maryland State Trooper E. Glover with driving with a suspended driver’s permit on Ridgely Road. In a plea deal with States Attorney Patterson, she entered a guilty plea and was given 60 days in jail with all but two days suspended. Other traffic charges were dropped by Patterson in the deal consummated with a taxpayer-provided free attorney.

While allegedly part of a major drug operation, Robinson was attempting to gain custody of a child in Talbot County Circuit Court. On Oct. 31, 2016, the litigation was dismissed by the court for lack of jurisdiction.

Robinson was charged in District Court of Anne Arundel County on Nov. 5, 2015, by an Anne Arundel County Police Officer with possession of drug paraphernalia. The Anne Arundel States Attorney Wes Adams dropped the charge on Aug. 30, 2016.

Robinson was charged by Maryland State Trooper M. Gursky with driving on a suspended permit on Dec. 11, 2013. In a plea deal with the Caroline County States Attorney on June 19, 2014, she entered a plea of guilty and in return was given fifteen days in jail with all of the time suspended, and a fine of $442.50 with $350 of the fine suspended. She was given a free attorney, Nicholas T. Iliff Jr., courtesy of the taxpayers.

Charged by Easton Police Officer Schureholz on June 23, 2008, with driving without a permit, Robinson got another plea deal from Talbot States Attorney Patterson for a fine of $100 and no jail time, this deal was done on Aug. 11, 2008.

Jeffery Brian Cwalina, 42, of 219 Lake Road, Stevensville, Md., entered a guilty plea to possession of drugs with the intent to use and on Nov. 29, 1992, in Queen Anne’s’ County District Court received a verdict of Probation before Judgement.

On May 24, 2017, three counts of dealing drugs were charged by Queen Anne’s Circuit Court Indictments. A video bail hearing was held on May 26, 2017, and Cwalina were released from jail.

Heroin Hoedown raid suspects wait for processing at Centreville Barracks MSP 052517

The illegal drugs and opioids seized include:

 

Heroin seized – 90.3 grams

Marijuana seized – 446.3 grams

Oxycodone pills seized -152

Other Prescription pills seized – 245

Fentanyl Pills seized -15

Crack Cocaine seized – 6 grams

Powdered Cocaine seized – 5 grams

Vehicles recovered – 15

Firearms recovered -14

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