Talbot Sheriff’s Police Beat –
HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL – Brandy Payne tips cops to her fugitive drug dealer boyfriend when busted for packing 141 packs of heroin
Payne was charged with 28 counts of failing to send a child to school; Talbot States Attorney Scott Patterson put the charges on the Stet Docket
––MAYBE SHE WAS SELLING HEROIN TO PAY FOR LUNCH MONEY FOR HER KID!
EASTON, MD. — There is no honor among thieves or heroin honeys. When a woman was busted for her heroin dealing she quickly gave up her convicted drug-dealing boyfriend as a trade to the cops.
Talbot Sheriff Joe Gamble reports that on June 29, 2017, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force and members of the Maryland State Police, stopped a motor vehicle on Matthewstown Road near Mile Post Drive for moving violations. The driver was identified as Brandi Nicoel Payne, 35, of 8653 Swann Haven Road, Easton, MD.
Police report that during their initial contact with Payne, Deputies detected numerous criminal indicators and Talbot County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Fred was deployed to conduct an open-air sniff of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert for the presence of a controlled substance.
A probable cause search of the vehicle was conducted and Deputies located 141 packets of heroin, individually wrapped in white wax paper folds marked “Boss Baby” with a black stamp. Identical packets have been linked to several overdoses on the eastern shore. Payne was charged by Talbot Sheriff’s Deputy Ruscitti with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and paraphernalia. Payne was taken before a District Court Commissioner and released on an unsecured bond.
As a result of information obtained by Payne, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force responded to a residence Payne shares with convicted drug dealer James Herbert Holsopple, 46, of Easton, MD. Holsopple was arrested on an open arrest warrant issued by the Circuit Court of Cecil County. Holsopple was arrested without incident on charges stemming from possession of controlled substances and returned to Cecil County.
Payne was released on an unsecured personal bond, which is low for an alleged drug dealer caught with 141 bags of consumer-ready heroin in the middle of a massive national heroin epidemic,
Payne was released on an unsecured personal bond, which is low for an alleged drug dealer caught with 141 bags of consumer-ready heroin in the middle of a massive national heroin epidemic, however, this is the Alice in Wonderland Maryland Judiciary at work.
Payne was charged with twenty-eight counts of failing to send her school age child to school on Sept. 16, 2016. On May 24, 2017, Talbot County States Attorney Scott Patterson put all of the charges on the Stet Docket with no fine and no time.
Holsopple shares the same address as Payne and was charged on June 21, 2017, with possession with the intent to distribute narcotics in Talbot County District Court. On July 17, 2017, the drug dealing charge was dropped by Talbot County States Attorney Scott Patterson.
There are several reasons why a drug distribution charge would be so abruptly dropped: one that the prosecutor is planning to indict the defendant by way of a Grand Jury action in Circuit Court, second, that Holsopple rolled over on other drug dealers and made a deal with the prosecutor and third, that police had presented a case full of holes and unworthy of prosecution or lost the evidence. On June 22, 2017, Holsopple was released from jail on an unsecured personal bond.
Holsopple entered a guilty plea in Cecil County Circuit Court on Feb. 25, 2005, to charges of drug distribution and in a plea deal with the Cecil County States Attorney got himself a whopping five-year prison sentence with none of the sentence suspended. He was given credit for 96 days already served. Eight other associated drug dealing counts were dropped as part of the deal.