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