Drug Arrests in St. Mary's Co. - Southern Maryland Headline News

Drug Arrests in St. Mary's Co.


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (March 7, 2014)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice Narcotics Division today released the following incident and arrest reports. The Division is an investigative team comprised of detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and Federal Drug Agents (HIDTA Group 34). The Division was established on September 1st, 2007.

PRESCRIPTION FRAUD INVOLVES DC FIREFIGHTER: On Tuesday March 4, detectives from the Vice/Narcotics Drug Diversion Unit was contacted in regards to a possible fraudulent prescription which was passed at a Hollywood pharmacy. Detectives confirmed the prescription was counterfeit and all of the local pharmacies were notified and provided with a description of the suspect.

On Thursday March 6, a suspect matching the description provided in the original case passed another prescription at a pharmacy located in Charlotte Hall. Witnesses described the suspect as a white male wearing a fire uniform. Detectives responded and apprehended the suspect as he exited the store. The suspect, Henry Claggett Dent, 35 of Leonardtown,—a Washington D.C. Firefighter—was arrested without incident. Recovered from the suspect and his vehicle were 47 Oxycodone pills, 18 additional fraudulent prescriptions in various stages of completion, 6 empty prescription bottles obtained from other pharmacies located in Calvert County, Prince George's County and Washington D.C. Also recovered were items of electronic evidence to include a laptop, thumb drive and a tablet. The investigation is ongoing and now includes officers from the Office of Internal Affairs for Washington D.C. Fire and EMS. Numerous additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney.

LARGE SCALE MARIJUANA SALES: Detectives were contacted by officers from the Alexandria Virginia Police Department in regards to a drug investigation that they were conducting in their jurisdiction. They had detained a suspect by the name of Raymond Joseph Howar, 60, of Tall Timbers, for possession of a large quantity marijuana having a street value of more than $60,000. Additionally, Virginia officers recovered over $14,000 in cash. Sheriff's office detectives executed a search and seizure warrant on the Tall Timber home and recovered numerous firearms, marijuana, digital scales, packaging material and additional evidence that indicated large amounts of marijuana had been passed through that home. The case was presented to a St. Mary's County Grand Jury which led to the indictments and subsequent arrests of suspects Raymond Joseph Howar and his son, Christopher Joseph Howar, 24. Both were originally held without bond.

PRESCRIPTION FRAUD: Jessica Marie Jones, 27, of Fredericksburg, Va. was employed at a local medical center and used her position to fraudulently create a patient profile for another person. She used that profile to funnel more than 15 fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone to a male codefendant. More than 1,600 pills were issued through this one scheme alone. Five of the prescriptions were filled in Fredericksburg, Va. The local investigation has been forwarded to Fredericksburg Police Department for disposition in their jurisdiction.

'COOKIE MONSTER' ARRESTED FOR DRUGS: Detectives identified a home in Drayden as a location for drug sales. A search warrant was obtained and executed with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies and narcotics support team personnel. Suspects Bradley Leon Hall, a/k/a "Cookie Monster," 38, and Robert Jerome Knott, a/k/a "Wine," 55, both of Drayden, were arrested for drug possession. A third suspect, a female, is facing additional distribution charges.

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: http://somd.me/presumed-innocence. 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 http://somd.me/mdcasesearch . 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 http://somd.me/expungeme .

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