Woman faces charges in Oct. 26 fatal overdose
GRASONVILLE — A felony arrest was made by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office following a fatal overdose. The overdose leading to the fatality occurred on Oct. 26 in the 600 block of Chester River Beach Road in Grasonville. Upon arrival, personnel from the sheriff’s office discovered victim, David Hoffman Sr., deceased from a suspected drug overdose. It was later determined that Hoffman had died from an opioid overdose involving fentanyl.
According to a statement released by the sheriff’s office, members of the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force responded to the scene to assist the criminal investigations unit.
The drug task force assumed the investigation because the case was a suspected overdose death. Based on evidence recovered at the scene, numerous witness and suspect interviews, electronic evidence and the results of search warrants and subpoenas, members of the task force developed Laura Ferguson, a 36 year old from Annapolis, as the primary suspect in delivering the illegal drugs that ultimately caused Hoffman’s overdose death.
Working closely with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, task force investigators applied for and received an arrest warrant with 26 charges against Ferguson including the possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute and reckless endangerment.
Ferguson was arrested Nov. 20 and a subsequent search of her vehicle revealed additional controlled dangerous substances and paraphernalia. Based on the allegation that Ferguson had used the vehicle to deliver illegal drugs to Hoffman and the additional drugs discovered in her car, it was seized by the task force and police say will be held pending forfeiture proceedings.
Ferguson was seen by the District Court Commissioner and charged with possession with intent to distribute: narcotics, 7 counts; possession – not marijuana, 8 counts; distribution of narcotics, 7 counts; reckless endangerment; and theft under $100.
Possession of narcotic with the intent to distribute and distribution of narcotics, each carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail and/or a $15,000 fine — per count.
Ferguson initially waived her right to an attorney, but is now represented by Michael Thomas Ott. The case for the state was entered by Christine Dulla Rickard. Ferguson is being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing.
“If you have a substance abuse addiction, we encourage you to come into our office,” said Sheriff Gary Hofmann, “We have many resources available to help you. However, if you provide illegal drugs in our county, you will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We will not tolerate drug dealers or illegal drugs in our county.”