Po­lice ar­rest two, seize $1,700 worth of heroin

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MILLING­TON — On Jan. 12, po­lice ar­rested two men and seized more than $1,700 worth of heroin in an on­go­ing heroin dis­tri­bu­tion case.

Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force were do­ing sur­veil­lance in north­ern Queen Anne’s County when they saw Dar­rold Dean Smith, 32, of Chestertown and Dennis Wel­don Joiner, 47, of Halethorpe trav­el­ing on Route 544. Be­liev­ing the pair were in pos­ses­sion of heroin in­tended for re­sale in the county, they con­tacted troop­ers from the Mary­land State Po­lice bar­racks in Centreville MSP and a K-9 of­fi­cer with the Kent County Nar­cotics Task Force for as­sis­tance, ask­ing them re­spond to the Milling­ton area.

About 2:30 p.m. in­ves­ti­ga­tors saw the men’s ve­hi­cle, a 2006 Scion VB, and alerted troop­ers, who made a traf­fic stop at Route 301 south at Route 544, Milling­ton.

The K-9 alerted to the odor of a con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance com­ing from the car, po­lice said. A search found 17.9 grams of raw heroin, 44.2 grams of methadone, four oxy­codone pills and trace co­caine hid­den on both men and in the car, po­lice said.

The heroin re­cov­ered has a cur­rent street value of ap­prox­i­mately $1,790, po­lice said.

In ad­di­tion to the drugs, po­lice said they also seized the car.

Smith, who has a crim­i­nal his­tory for theft, con­trolled dan­ger­ous sub­stance vi­o­la­tions, weapons charges, bur­glary and dis­or­derly con­duct is charged with pos­ses­sion of heroin with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of heroin, pos­ses­sion of methadone, pos­ses­sion of oxy­codone and pos­ses­sion of para­pher­na­lia. Smith was held on a $4,000 bond.

Joiner, who has a prior crim­i­nal his­tory for bur­glary and tres­pass­ing, is charged with pos­ses­sion of heroin with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute, pos­ses­sion of heroin, pos­ses­sion of methadone, pos­ses­sion of oxy­codone and pos­ses­sion of para­pher­na­lia. Joiner was re­leased on $3,000 bond Jan. 13. He died Jan. 16.

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