HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL IN HOWARD / Police charge six in drug distribution case with drug dealer Brandon Dew on a rebound from spring

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HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL IN HOWARD / Police charge six in drug distribution case with one drug dealer on a rebound from spring when he was allowed bond

Heroin arrests in Howard County Nov. 8, 2017

COLUMBIA, MD. — How many lives will drug dealers snuff out between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve?

Howard County police report that they continue to combat the opioid crisis by targeting drug dealers the best way possible, lock up the dealers.

They are also devoting resources to monitor and investigate the use of opioids and other illegal drugs in the county. Detectives have charged six people for involvement in the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine and prescription pills in Columbia.

 

A wad of cash and 14 pills in this photo displayed on the Facebook page of Brandon Dews

Howard County Police report that one of the suspects was out on bond when he was arrested.

Detectives received information that a man they had arrested in April, Brandon Dews, 31, of 1226 E. Eager Street, Baltimore, Md., was selling drugs from an apartment in the 11300 block of Little Patuxent Parkway. Dews was indicted in May on multiple counts of drug distribution and possession. Dews was released on $75,000 bond.

In spite of having a career in selling drugs, Dews was able to obtain a free, taxpayer-provided attorney, in the person of Carol A. Hanson, of the public defender’s office in Ellicott City, Md., for his arrest on Nov. 3, 2017. When indicted on May 17, 2017, in Howard County Circuit Court. In a plea deal with Howard County States Attorney on Nov. 8, 2017, Dews entered a plea of guilty to three counts of distribution of drugs and is being held without bond. THE DEAL: Dews was released last spring on a $75,000 bond by the Circuit Court Judge while a pre-sentence investigation was being performed. Now, on this new charge, he is being held without bond. 

Dario J. Broccolino Howard County States Attorney

Dews was indicted on June 11, 2016, in Howard County Circuit Court for multiple counts of attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, first and second-degree assault, home invasion, possession of an electronic control device and use of the device in a crime of violence. In a plea deal between Dew’s free taxpayer provided attorney Hanson and Howard County States Attorney Dario J. Broccolino, Democrat, on Aug. 11, 2016, all counts were dropped in return for a guilty plea to second-degree assault. THE DEAL: Dews was sentenced to 86 days in the county jail, which allowed him to rest up for a spell before returning to the hustle and bustle of dealing drugs in the increasingly dangerous streets of Columbia and Baltimore.

Dews entered into a plea deal with the Howard County States Attorney Broccolino on July 2, 2012, and pleaded guilty to dealing drugs. THE DEAL: Dews was sentenced to 14 years in prison, a stern sentence indeed designed to make it appear to the public that the prosecutor was tough on drug dealers. THE DEAL: However, the deal included that 12 years, 6 months and 5 days were suspended and Dews could serve his time in the country club jail of Howard County instead of going off to the big house to hang out with Bubba. Once again, the hapless taxpayers of Maryland provided the public defender, Robin H. Ullman to represent Dews for this deal.

Dews is a committed criminal who manages to play the politicians in the Judicial system like a cheap fiddle. When confined to a prison boot camp in Somerset County, Dews was charged with possession of a concealed deadly weapon and in a plea deal on Feb. 21, 2007, with the Somerset County States Attorney Kristy Hickman. THE DEAL: Dews was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all 90 days suspended. His trusty free attorney provided by the taxpayers, James J. Podlas, worked this magic for Dews.

Howard County Police reports that they believe that while awaiting trial from his spring arrest, Dews was using the apartment in Columbia to sell drugs. Detectives served a search warrant on the apartment and found Dews and five other people inside. All were arrested.

Investigators also seized various illegal drugs packaged for sale and drug paraphernalia.

Also charged with various drug possession and distribution charges: Catherine Beebe, 55, of 11319 Little Patuxent Parkway, #225, Columbia, Md., released on $10,000 bond; she got the free public defender too, Carol A. Hanson, who had represented her ten years ago on an assault charged.

Carlos R. Black, 33, of 5764 Steven Forest Road, Apt. 314, Columbia, Md., released on $3,500 bond; Sierra Kosh, 25, of 1323 Bayard Street, Baltimore, Md., released on $5,000 bond; Grafton Junny Lucas, 26, of 5609 Thunder Hill Road, Columbia, Md., was released on $7,500 bond; Lucas was charged with assault in Ocean City on June 14, 2010, and he entered a guilty plea on April 11, 2011, which resulted in him being sent to jail for 30 days.

Everett Morris, 51, of 5490 Cedar Lane, Apt. C2, Columbia, Md. released on his own recognizance. Carol Hanson has signed up as his free taxpayer-provided attorney.

“We are aggressively going after people who are selling opioids, like heroin and prescription pills, on our streets,” said Police Chief Gary L. Gardner. “These recent arrests are a positive step in our effort to address this epidemic. We will continue to collaborate with other agencies to approach this from all sides, including prevention, education, treatment, and recovery.”

To date, there have been 45 overdose deaths and 144 non-fatal overdoses in Howard County in 2017. In 2016, there were 29 heroin-related overdose deaths and 131 non-fatal opioid overdoses for the entire year, sometimes in combination with other drugs.

To date, there have been 45 overdose deaths and 144 non-fatal overdoses in Howard County in 2017. In 2016, there were 29 heroin-related overdose deaths and 131 non-fatal opioid overdoses for the entire year, sometimes in combination with other drugs.

“The police should be commended for continuing to make important strides in getting these pushers of poison off our streets,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “Law enforcement plays a critical role in fighting the battle against drug addiction, as do our other prevention efforts to educate and treat those who could and do fall victim to this epidemic.”

The police department encourages residents to report suspected drug activity by calling 410-290-DRUG.

Callers may remain anonymous. Anyone who needs help for opioid abuse can call 800-422-0009.

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