On November 17, 2004, members from the St. Mary's Bureau of Criminal Investigations Narcotics Unit, with assistance from the Calvert County Investigative Team, conducted a reversal operation in the California area of St. Mary's County. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations developed information that Jeremy Weller had been purchasing substantial quantities of Oxycontine. Mr. Weller was contacted and arrangements were made to sell him a quantity of Oxycontine. Mr. Weller arrived at a previously agreed location where he was sold a quantity of placebo packaged to represent Oxycontine. After the sale had been completed, Jeremy Weller and a second subject identified as Lawrence Fornier, were stopped leaving the location of the sale and arrested. Both were charged with Possession of a non-controlled substance that the person reasonably believes is a controlled dangerous substance (CR 5-618).
The Office of the State's Attorney will review the circumstances surrounding this investigation and additional charges could be brought by a St. Mary's County Grand Jury.
The St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations is an investigative team comprised of Detectives from the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office and the Maryland State Police, Leonardtown Barrack. The unit was established on July 1, 2003 and is based in Leonardtown, Maryland.