Two charged in al­leged over­dose death

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STEVENSVILLE — Two peo­ple have been charged in con­nec­tion with a Sept. 14 over­dose death at the Sub­way, 230 St. Claire Place, in Stevensville.

Don Diego Brown, 58, of In­gle­side has been charged with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, dis­tri­bu­tion of heroin, con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute heroin and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment in the death of Crys­tal Jean Ring­gold, 27, of Hen­der­son. Rachel Maury Bow­man, 20, of Church Hill was charged in the same case.

“The heroin epi­demic in this coun­try is rav­aging fam­i­lies and killing aa record num­ber of young peo­ple in epic pro­por­tions. We in­tend to pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing this in­sid­i­ous drug in our com­mu­nity and caus­ing over­dose deaths,” said Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney Lance Richard­son. “My con­do­lences go out to the fam­i­lies of th­ese victims, and my of­fice will ded­i­cate our best ef­forts to hold th­ese drug deal­ers ac­count­able.”

Ring­gold was dis­cov­ered un­re­spon­sive from a sus­pected heroin over­dose in the re­stroom at the Sub­way store. Both the Queen Anne’s County Sherif f ’s Of­fice and Drug Task Force re­sponded. Po­lice iden­ti­fied a per­son at the scene, Bow­man, who may have distributed or fa­cil­i­tated the dis­tri­bu­tion of the heroin to Ring­gold. She was de­tained by Task Force mem­bers while de­tec­tives got a war­rant to search her and her be­long­ings.

The search found .2 grams of sus­pected heroin, two sus­pected Zub­solv pills and a sus­pected Subox­one strip, po­lice said.

Bow­man was charged with the sus­pected dis­tri­bu­tion of con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stances to Ring­gold and pos­ses­sion of heroin, Zub­solv, Subox­one and drug para­pher­na­lia. She also was charged on an ar­rest war­rant for pos­ses­sion of heroin with in­tent to dis­trib­ute in a sep­a­rate case the Drug Task Force was in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

Bow­man was held on $107,500 bond. Pre­lim­i­nary hear­ings in both cases are set for Oct. 13 in Queen Anne’s County Dis­trict Court.

Fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion al­legedly im­pli­cated Brown, who po­lice said met with Bow­man di­rectly be­fore Ring­gold’s death then al­legedly de­liv­ered the drug to Ring­gold. A war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest.

Drug Task Force mem­bers with the as­sis­tance of troop­ers as­signed to the Mar yland State Po­lice Cen­tre­ville Bar­racks lo­cated Brown driv­ing through Cen­tre­ville about 11 a.m. Sept. 20. They stopped him headed north on Route 301 near Rolling Bridge Road and ar rested him with­out in­ci­dent.

A search of Brown’s car found traces of heroin, two Subox­one strips and heroin re- lated para- pher­na­lia, po­lice said. He was also charged with pos­ses­sion of those items, and his 2004 Toy­ota Camry was seized.

Bail for Brown was set at $757,500 for both cases. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in the over­dose case is set for Oct. 20 in Dis­trict Court. A trial on the pos­ses­sion charges stem­ming from the car search is set for Nov. 9.

At the time of his ar­rest, Brown was on pa­role or pro­ba­tion from a 25-year sen­tence in a first-de­gree as­sault con­vic­tion stem­ming from an in­ci­dent in 2001, in which he also had been charged with at­tempted mur­der.

“As I have stated in the past and demon­strated with our many al­lied agency part­ner­ships in­clud­ing our Drug Task Force, if you sell drugs in Queen Anne’s County it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore we come knock­ing on your door,” said Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann. “We have a zero tol­er­ance for drug deal­ers within our com­mu­nity. We are en­cour­ag­ing that those addicted to sub­stances get the ap­pro­pri­ate men­tal health and treat­ment ser­vices avail­able.

“This is a na­tion­wide epi­demic, but lo­cally I can as­sure you that we will make ev­ery ef­fort pos­si­ble to lock up and put away drug deal­ers, seize their as­sets, and make ex­am­ples of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als pub­licly. We will not tol­er­ate drug deal­ers in our county.”

“The charg­ing of Don Diego Brown with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter for sup­ply­ing the heroin used in a re­cent fa­tal drug over­dose should send a clear mes­sage to drug deal­ers in Queen Anne’s County,” said MSP Lt. Scott Cook. “That mes­sage is two-fold. First, law en­force­ment and pros­e­cu­tors will use ever y tool avail­able to them to com­bat the heroin epi­demic in­fect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties. Sec­ond, if you choose to sell heroin in Queen Anne’s County, be pre­pared to spend a con­sid­er­able por­tion of your life in prison.”

Cook praised the ef­forts of the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, say­ing they did an out­stand­ing job iden­ti­fy­ing the source of sup­ply and build­ing a case for pros­e­cu­tion.

“Their on­go­ing ef­forts are in­valu­able in keep­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and fam­i­lies safe,” Cook said.




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