On Nov. 17, a 27-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of selling heroin from her home in Elkton. However, the defendant's sister insists police have arrested the wrong person.
According to a representative of the Elkton Police Department, officers with the Street Crimes Unit received information that someone with the defendant's name was illegally distributing narcotics from a residence on West Main Street. Based on the information, officers obtained a warrant and searched the property. They seized over 1,500 baggies of heroin, small amounts of marijuana and oxycodone, various drug paraphernalia and over $5,000 in cash.
The defendant was arrested after the raid, but her sister told local media that the drugs and other seized items belonged to someone else. However, the defendant was also charged with drug distribution crimes in 2016, and she allegedly played a role in a drug-related kidnapping in 2015. She has been charged with multiple drug distribution crimes. The investigation remains open, and further charges may be filed.
Drug charges such as drug possession, drug trafficking and drug distribution carry stiff penalties in Maryland. If convicted, a defendant could be sentenced to a lengthy prison term and heavy fines. They may also have their personal property seized. However, just because someone is charged with a crime does not mean they are guilty. With the help of a criminal defense attorney, it may be possible to cast doubt on the prosecution's case. For example, if legal counsel could prove that the drugs did not belong to the defendant, the case could be dismissed from court. Even if there is solid evidence in the case, an attorney might work to negotiate a plea deal that reduces charges and penalties.