Gra­sonville man charged in over­dose death

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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.”

DEMETRIUS KEARSE

NATALIE YOASH

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