Grasonville man charged in fatal overdose
CENTREVILLE — A Grasonville man has been charged in connection with an overdose death from July. Both he and his associate face drugs charges.
Demetrius Kearse, 31, of Grasonville was arrested Oct. 16 on an warrant for violation of probation after being spotted in a car at the McDonald’s in Centreville. The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force had identified Kearse as the primary suspect in distributing the drugs that led to the overdose death of Keith Thomas, 46, of Stevensville.
Deputies responded to 700 block of Dixon Drive in Stevensville on July 7 for a suspected overdose; they found Thomas deceased. According to the autopsy, Thomas’ death was caused by cocaine/fentanyl intoxication.
Centreville Police and deputies from the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 200 block of Centreville Road and detained Kearse upon the task force’s request. Kearse initially provided them with a false name, police said.
As Kearse was being detained, Natalie Yoash, 26, of Centreville, the driver of the car he had been in, drove away from the initial stop and parked nearby, police said.
Task force members observed Yoash get out of the car and throw suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia into the grass next to the parking lot, police said. Task force investigators collected the discarded items and placed Yoash under arrest. A search of Yoash’s car revealed several vials containing suspected cocaine inside of her purse, police said.
The task force seized 4.9 grams of heroin and related paraphernalia, trace cocaine and $115 in cash, police said.
Kearse was served with the outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of violation of probation. He was then served with the arrest warrant charging him with two counts of distribution of cocaine/fentanyl, two counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine/fentanyl, two counts of possession cocaine/ fentanyl and reckless endangerment in relation to the overdose death of Keith Thomas.
He was held in the Queen Anne’s Coounty Detention Center on no bond.
Yoash was charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. She was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.
“As I’ve stated before, we have a zero tolerance policy for drug dealers in Queen Anne’s County. If you sell drugs, you will be located and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Sheriff Gary Hofmann. “We will continue to work with the drug task force and all of our allied agencies to arrest anyone who sells or distributes drugs.
“If you have a substance abuse issue, we want to get you help. You can come to our office and our staff will do everything possible to get you the help that you need.
“Drug dealers beware it’s only a matter of time before we come knocking.”