Currently
°F
Forecasts

Fritz to announce murder charges related to overdose deaths

UPDATE - Hogan, St. Mary’s officials, escalate war on opioids

Leonardtown, MD – Noting Maryland and all its jurisdictions are in crisis mode, Governor Larry Hogan at press conference in St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Wednesday, Aug. 9. Hogan noted that Maryland is the first U.S. state to declare a “state of emergency” regarding the ongoing opioid crisis. “It continues to get more dangerous and kills more people,” said Hogan, who recalled his 2014 campaign for governor and his shock upon learning from St. Mary’s County residents that heroin addiction was perceived as the community’s biggest problem. The governor stated that his administration has taken a “three-pronged approach” to addressing the drug crisis—prevention, treatment and law enforcement. The latter component was the focus of the Aug. 9 conference, as Sheriff Tim Cameron and State’s Attorney Richard

Fritz announced the indictments of eight individuals on second-degree murder charges related to drug sales and the deaths of drug users.

“This is the level of tough prosecution that we need,” said Hogan. “This is about getting deadly crime under control.”


UPDATE  Wednesday, Aug. 9

Leonardtown, MD- Governor Larry Hogan, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz, Maryland State Police Colonel William Palozzi, and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Captain Eric Sweeney will hold a press conference Wednesday morning, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Circuit Court House in Leonardtown.

They will announce the names of suspected drug dealers who have been charged in connection with the overdose deaths of six citizens throughout St. Mary’s County. Several of those overdose deaths were linked to the powerful opioid Fentanyl and the even stronger opioid Carfentanil. Each of the suspected drug dealers is now facing charges of second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and additional distribution and possession charges. The list of suspected drug dealers continues to grow and the list is now up to eight.

Mark Steven Garner II, 28 of Dowell, is charged with second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and CDS-distribution of narcotics. Investigators say Garner sold heroin to Barbara Ann Sneden in August of 2016. She died from an overdose. A month later, Calvert County detectives searched Garner’s home and found a large quantity of heroin. In addition to the charges he’s facing in St. Mary’s County, Garner is also charged with five additional charges in Calvert County, including altering physical evidence of a crime process, conspiring to alter physical evidence of a crime process and bury/disposal of a body in an unauthorized place.
What we know about Garner - Mark Steven Garner II has a criminal history stretching back ten years since he was 18 years old. Gardner has been charged and convicted CDS-possession no marijuana, CDS possession with intent to distribute, CDS-possession of marijuana, first degree burglary, CDS-distribution of narcotics and third degree burglary.

Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown, 47 of Great Mills, is facing seven charges, including second degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Paul Francis Baxter Jr. of Chespeake Beach. Investigators said Baxter traveled from Chesapeake Beach to Lexington Park to purchase heroin from Claggett-Brown in October of 2016. Shortly after snorting the drugs, he died from an overdose.
What we know about Claggett-Brown - Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown has several prior drug and theft convictions in the past. All of those cases were in Calvert County, including a November 2016 conviction of CDS-possession not marijuana in which she was sentenced to 60 days in jail with four years of probation.

Latece Cantelle Greer, 28 of Great Mills, is currently incarcerated with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services where she is serving a sentence to drug trafficking crimes in St. Mary’s County. The criminal indictment for Greer is currently sealed until she appears before a judge for her bond hearing.
What we know about Greer - Latece Cantelle Greer has a criminal history dating back to 2010 with multiple charges of CDS-intent to distribute narcotics and CDS-possession not marijuana. She’s currently serving 20 years in prison with ten years suspended. Greer previously served six years in prison for armed robbery, first degree assault, and theft under $1,000.

Marcell Davon Blackiston, 32 of Lusby, is currently incarcerated at the Calvert County Detention Center, where he is serving a sentence for failing to pay child support. The criminal indictment against Blackiston is currently sealed until he appears for his bond hearing.
What we know about Blackiston - Marcell Davon Blackiston has a criminal history dating back to 2005. He has been convicted of a number of crimes, including theft, assault and possession.

Desmond Lamar Sloan, 31 of Norfolk, was apprehended by the United States Marshals Services in Norfolk, VA. He remains in custody in Norfolk while he awaits extradition to St. Mary’s County.
What we know about Sloan - Desmond Lamar Sloan has no criminal record in the state of Maryland.


Previous story

Leonardtown, MD- Governor Larry Hogan, St. Mary’s County Sheriff Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney Richard Fritz, Maryland State Police Colonel William Palozzi, and St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Captain Eric Sweeney will hold a press conference Wednesday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m. at the Circuit Court House in Leonardtown.

They will announce the names of suspected drug dealers who have been charged in connection with the overdose deaths of six citizens throughout St. Mary’s County. Several of those overdose deaths were linked to the powerful opioid Fentanyl and the even stronger opioid Carfentanil.

Each of the suspected drug dealers is now facing charges of second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and additional distribution and possession charges.

Christina Granados McCauley, 58 of Leonardtown, is accused of selling drugs laced with Carfentanil to Mary Nell Miller, of California, who died from an overdose death in June. The indictment claims McCauley knowingly sold Miller drugs laced with Carfentanil. McCauley is being held without bond.

 

 

 

Tyriese Divron Nelson, 24 of Lexington Park, is accused of selling drugs laced with Carfentanil to Jonathan David Elkins of Lexington Park. Elkins died from an overdose in June. The indictment claims Nelson knowingly sold Elkins drugs lace with Carfentanil. Investigators conducted a search and seizure of Nelson’s residence in July where they said Nelson was in possession of heroin. Nelson is being held without bond.

Geoffrey Uhall, 30 of California, is accused of selling heroin to Colleen Cord in April. The Lexington Park woman later died from an overdose. Uhall is accused of selling heroin laced with Fentanyl to Cord, which contributed to her death. Uhall is being held without bond.

 

 

 


What we know about the suspects:

Christina McCauley has been convicted of several drug charges in the past. In December of 2016, she pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and received a one year suspended sentence and was placed on probation for two years.

In March of 2010, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana and received a suspended six month sentence and 18 months of probation.

In November of 2009, McCauley pleaded guilty to CDS possession-not marijuana. She received an 18 month suspended sentence and was placed on probation for three years.

TheBayNet.com also found pictures of marijuana plants McCauley claimed to be growing at her Leonardtown residence on her Facebook page.


Tyriese Nelson has been charged several times in connection with drug cases. In January of 2014, Nelson pleaded guilty to CDS-possession not marijuana and no contest to illegal possession of a firearm. The latter charge was dropped. Nelson was sentenced to two years and 30 days, with two years suspended. He was also permitted work release.

In October of 2013, Nelson pleaded guilty to CDS-possession of marijuana and no contest to CDS-possession with intent to distribute. The latter charge was dropped. Nelson was sentenced to a six month suspended term and three years of probation. Also in October of 2013, Nelson pleaded guilty to fourth degree burglary and no contest to theft-less $1,000 value and malicious destruction of property. Nelson was sentenced to one year and 30 days in jail, with one year suspended with authorized work release.

In January of 2013, Nelson was charged with CDS-possession of paraphernalia and CDS-possession of marijuana—both misdemeanor charges were nolle prosequi.

In April of 2013, Nelson was facing charges of CDS-possession with intent to distribute narcotics and CDS distribution with a firearm. Both of those charges were nolle prosequi.

In November of 2013, Nelson was charged with second degree assault and fourth degree burglary. Both charges were nolle prosequi.

Geoffrey Uhall-he has no prior record in the state of Maryland.


According to Maryland Department of Health, during the first quarter of 2017, there were 372 overdose deaths Fentanyl and 266 heroin related deaths in Maryland.

TheBayNet.com will bring you live coverage of the press conference via Facebook live.

Contact Joy Shrum at j.shrum@thebaynet.com

Previous article about Governor Hogan declaring a state of emergency in response to the state's heroin and opioid epidemic.

 

Around the Web

Loading...

4 Comments Write your comment

    1. Loading...