Charles Co. Sheriff's Reports

LA PLATA, Md. (Aug. 29, 2013)—The Charles County Sheriff's Office released the following incident and arrest reports.

COUPLE CHARGED WITH SELLING DRUGS FROM HOME: For the second time this year, narcotics detectives with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office have arrested the same two people in connection with distributing drugs. Peter Nikolai, 30, and his wife, Kristen, 24, were arrested last week after detectives completed a recent investigation in which the Nikolai’s were suspected of dealing marijuana from their house in the 6200 block of Panther Court in Waldorf.

Investigators served a search warrant on Aug. 20 and found $4200.00 worth of marijuana, distribution paraphernalia, suspected black tar heroin, various prescription medications, and more than $1,000 in cash. The Nikolai’s were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Investigators also seized their two cars.

In January, Peter and Kristen (who was charged under the name Kristen Stockman at that time), were charged with selling drugs out of the same house after detectives received a tip from Charles County Crime Solvers of alleged drug dealing. At that time, investigators found plastic bottles, plastic bags, and other containers filled with marijuana. Labeled with names like “Pineapple Express,” “Bubbadaddy,” “Lemon Haze,” “Strawberry Cough,” and “Motherlode,” the suspects sold the drugs to their customers from their car and home. Detectives also seized $5,000 in cash, drug paraphernalia, two guns and a Dodge Charger in that case.

Sheriff Rex W. Coffey said the community and Crime Solvers once again played an important role in the arrests. “No one wants these types of activities going on in their neighborhood, so we’re encouraged people are calling in the tips, no matter how many times someone gets arrested. I can assure you that each and every time we receive a tip, we will follow through. It may take some time to finish up an investigation and to prepare a case for prosecution, but we will do our part in taking crime out of our communities.”

POLICE OPERATIONS AT SMALLWOOD PARK AND RIDE RESULTS IN ARRESTS OF REPEAT OFFENDERS: On Aug. 20, officers assigned to the CCSO COPs unit conducted special patrols at the Smallwood Park and Ride due to complaints of loitering and drug and alcohol use. Officers charged two adults with alcohol violations and a third person was charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute.

In an unrelated event that occurred at the park and ride on Aug. 16, a 20-year-old man was arrested for disorderly conduct after witnesses called police to report he and another person were drinking and cursing at people. The man initially refused an officer’s request to leave the premises. He continued cursing and then fled from officers after being told he was going to be arrested. He was apprehended after a brief struggle.

In addition, the same man was linked to an incident that occurred on July 13 in which he hurled a rock through the back window of a car waiting at a traffic light on Route 301 near the park and ride. He was recently charged on a criminal summons with assault.

“When we do these operations, we mean business. There are good, law-abiding folks who depend on using the transportation at this lot and they have a right to feel safe. We have no tolerance for people who commit criminal activity, especially in a public place. It’s discourteous, makes people feel uncomfortable and it’s against the law,” said Sheriff Rex W. Coffey.

“We increased police visibility and conducted some operations and I believe we have identified many of the people responsible for criminal activity at the lot. Some of the people have been arrested by our officers time and time again for incidents that have occurred there.

Now they are in the hands of the criminal justice system who will determine the outcome and punishments of their actions,” said Sheriff Rex W. Coffey. “We will continue to do our part and we ask anyone who sees something suspicious to say something and call us immediately.”

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in Charles County that leads to an arrest or indictment. Anyone with information about a crime may contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS or Text CHARLES + your tip to CRIMES or visit to submit a web tip. All callers remain anonymous.

Disclaimer: In the U.S.A., all persons accused of a crime by the State are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. See: Additionally, all of the information provided above is solely from the perspective of the respective law enforcement agency and does not provide any direct input from the accused or persons otherwise mentioned. You can find additional information about the case by searching the Maryland Judiciary Case Search Database using the accused's name and date of birth. The database is online at . Persons named who have been found innocent or not guilty of all charges in the respective case, and/or have had the case ordered expunged by the court can have their name, age, and city redacted by following the process defined at .

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