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

Drug Arrests in St. Mary's Co.


LEONARDTOWN, Md. (April 1, 2015)—The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice Narcotics Division 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.

PURPLE DRANK: Over the last several months, detectives from the Vice/Narcotics division continued to work the investigation involving a network of individuals who are fraudulently obtaining Promethazine-Codeine syrup known on the street as "Purple Drank." The suspects, Phillip Jean Gilles Robinson, 24, of Hyattsville, and Garea Beonna Goodall, 22 of Washington, D.C., arrived to pick up the fraudulent prescription and were arrested. Some of the items seized included an empty prescription bottle of Promethazine-Codeine syrup, 2 phones, digital scale, plastic bags, 2 mason jars with suspected marijuana, a written note with numerous pharmacy names and addresses and other personal documents. Suspect Goodall is an unemployed medical assistant. Both suspects were arrested and additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney. The two listed suspects are part of a larger network of individuals who are fraudulently obtaining Promethazine-Codeine for the purpose of distributing to create the street drug "Purple Drank." Several suspects have already been arrested and others are currently wanted. Detectives are working with investigators from several other jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia on the related instances.

MARIJUANA, HEROIN: Information was received regarding heroin being sold from a home in which twin brothers Lamar Kevin Nolan, 28, and Javar Charles Nolan reside. This home and the home next door—owned by Johnny Duane Edwards, 44—became targets of search and seizure warrants which were executed by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team, Charles County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Team, K-9 deputies, and Narcotics Support Team members. Inside the Nolan home, detectives recovered more than $500.00 in marijuana, heroin, digital scales, packaging materials and more than $1,300 in cash. Wendy Jo Day, 29, was located inside the home and found to be in possession of a controlled dangerous substance and related paraphernalia. All three were arrested and additional charges are pending a State's Attorney's office review. During the search warrant on the neighbor's home, detectives located heroin, baggies of crushed oxycodone prepared for sale, alprazolam tablets, burnt spoons, syringes and a digital scale. Suspect Edwards was also arrested and additional charges are pending against him as well.

Narcotics detectives began an investigation into drugs being smuggled into the St. Mary's County Detention Center and as a result, Lawrence Edward Keister was arrested and charged. Suspect Keister swallowed a balloon full of Suboxone which was provided to him during a court-ordered doctor visit in Leonardtown. The drugs were provided by Carey Holmes Bowen, 38, of Lexington Park. Suspect Bowen is the girlfriend of inmate John Francis Tippett, Jr., 38, who was the intended recipient of the smuggled drugs. Inmate Tippett was going to exchange "commissary" for the drugs once they made it into the facility. Detectives continued to gather information and obtained a search warrant for Suspect Bowen's person in an attempt to recover her cellular phone. Suspect Bowen was instructed by inmate Tippett Jr. to contact a third party, obtain a list of items the third party wanted and then respond to the Wal-Mart in King George, Virginia to steal the desired items. A list and photos were obtained by Suspect Bowen and detectives awaited her return to St. Mary's County. When she returned, detectives, members of the Vice/Narcotics Support Team and K-9 deputies were waiting for her. She was stopped and the search warrant was executed, she was arrested and charged with Driving While Suspended and the stolen items were seized. A deputy from the King George County Sheriff's Office met detectives at the Wal-Mart in Virginia and the property was returned, the surveillance video was recovered, and all of the information was provided to the local deputy for charges. A felony arrest warrant was issued and served on Suspect Bowen. Suspect Tippett is in jail awaiting a Pre-Sentence Investigation report for a felony theft scheme which occurred at our local Wal-Mart and was investigated by the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division. Additional charges are pending a review with the State's Attorney related to Suspects Tippett and Bowen.

METHAMPHETAMINE: Shannon Danielle Parker, 38, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

TEEN SELLING MARIJUANA: Detectives received information regarding a 17-year-old male suspect in the California area who was selling and using marijuana at his home. As a result of the investigation, evidence was obtained and search warrant was executed. Recovered from the home was marijuana and related paraphernalia. The juvenile was on probation and the Department of Juvenile Justice responded. The juvenile was arrested and detained at Cheltenham Juvenile Detention Facility until a hearing could be set.

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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