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QA Women, Including Former Cop, Busted For Drugs

Two women, one of whom is identified as a former law enforcement officer, were charged April 17 with drug offenses following a search and seizure operation by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force assisted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police. Erica Lynn Halsey, 29, of Grasonville, and Nathalie Eileene Caponi Graux, 28, of Stevensville, were each charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, and possession of paraphernalia, the task force said. Halsey is identified in a task force statement as a former sheriff’s deputy in Dorchester County.

Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force Press Release

INCIDENT: QUADTF SEARCH & SEIZURE

DATE / TIME: 04/17/2012 @ 1507 Hours

LOCATION: 701 Chester River Beach Drive, Chester, MD.

ARREST: Erica Lynn Halsey (29) of Chester, MD

Nathalie Eileene Caponi Graux (28) of Stevensville, MD

NARRATIVE: On Tuesday 4/17 the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, assisted by uniformed members of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack served a search and seizure warrant on the persons of Erica Lynn Halsey and Nathalie Eileene Caponi Graux, Halsey’s 2000 Ford Expedition, and Halsey’s residence at 701 Chester River Beach Drive in Chester, Queen Anne’s County, MD.

Task Force members conducted surveillance and observed Halsey and Graux returning from Baltimore City with an amount of heroin which they intended to sell in Queen Anne’s County. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle as it entered Queen Anne’s County, MD. A search of Graux, Halsey, and Halsey’s vehicle revealed twelve (12) capsules of suspected heroin, a small amount of Cocaine, paraphernalia, several drug ledgers detailing heroin sales, and $110.00 US Currency.

A search of Halsey’s residence revealed more suspected heroin, paraphernalia, and additional drug ledgers. A knock and announce entrance was made into the residence utilizing Halsey’s house key which she provided. Task Force members seized Halsey’s 2000 Ford Expedition after heroin and paraphernalia were discovered in both front door panels.

Erica Lynn Halsey, who has a prior criminal history for the possession of CDS, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Halsey, a former Dorchester County Sheriff’s Deputy was held on a $25,000 bail and is being held at the QA Detention Center.

Nathalie Eileene Caponi Graux, who has a prior criminal history for the possession of CDS, was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. Graux was held at the detention center overnight. She posted a $15,000 bail on Wednesday and was released.

This case was a result of a two month investigation which involved numerous citizen complaints, and several purchases of heroin from Halsey and Graux.

INVESTIGATORS: DFC Chris Schwink and DFC Steve Gore

Authority: Sgt. Chris Armiger
MSP-Drug Enforcement Division
Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force

Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force Wraps Up The Anthony Todd CDS Investigation

• On 10-6-11 Anthony Todd was a victim of a drive by shooting at his residence located at 121 4th Street in Crumpton, QA Co., MD; which is still under investigation by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
• On 10-17-11 Anthony Todd was stopped during a traffic stop which resulted in his arrest for PWID cocaine after locating and seizing approximately 19 grams of cocaine on his person.
• On 11-15-11 the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force served a Search & Seizure Warrant at 121 4th Street in Crumpton, Queen Anne’s County, MD, which is the residence of Anthony Todd and his girlfriend Tiffany Hinefelt. During the search of the residence and property the following was located and seized:

A Bauer Firearms .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun (SN: 073624) loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition. $1,811.00 in U.S. Currency, two cell phones, document evidence, a digital scale with trace cocaine, 63.2 grams (2.257 ounces) of cocaine with a street value of $6,320.00, a Leader .22 caliber revolver, a Cobra .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a magazine with 6 rounds of .32 caliber ammunition.

Anthony Todd is currently incarcerated on a NO BOND in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

• During the follow-up investigation by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force after the search warrant on 11-15-11, investigators learned that a large sum of Todd’s drug proceeds were being stored at an unidentified location in Dorchester County, MD which was being controlled by and accessed by Anthony Todd’s girlfriend, Tiffany Hinefelt, while Todd is incarcerated in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

• >From 12-1-11 through 12-9-11 with the assistance of the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Caroline County Drug Task Force and the Dorchester County Drug Task Force, numerous investigative techniques were utilized in an attempt to locate the stash location for Todd’s drug proceeds; however due to the sophistication of this Drug Trafficking Organization, the stash location could not be pinpointed.

• On 12-9-11 the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant for the second time at 121 4th Street in Crumpton. Tiffany Hinefelt (Todd’s girlfriend) was not home at the time and was determined that she was in the state of North Carolina. During the search the residence the following was located and seized:

8 cell phones, $40.00, a $200.00 money order, numerous sandwich baggies with trace cocaine, a loaded Ruger Black Hawk .44 magnum revolver, a Ortgies .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a title for a 1995 Cadillac Seville SLS, assorted .44 magnum and .32 caliber ammunition, a digital scale in working order with trace cocaine, a Dell Inspiron lap top computer, a spoon with trace cocaine, a 1995 Cadillac Seville SLS, and an Oldsmobile Alero.

• During the late afternoon on hours on 12-9-11 investigators developed information that the drug proceeds of Anthony Todd were going to be moved from the unknown location in Dorchester County to another unknown location. At that point surveillance was conducted with the assistance of the Caroline County Drug Task Force and the Dorchester County Drug Task Force. This resulted in a traffic stop by the Federalsburg Police Department in Federalsburg. Based on probable cause as well as consent to search by the owner/operator of the vehicle a search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in the recovery of $13,340.00 in United States Currency. The individual transporting the money was not arrested and was released from custody without charges.

• On 12-12-11 the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force concluded this investigation by arresting Todd’s girlfriend, Tiffany R. Hinefelt (25) who resides at 121 4th Street in Crumpton, Queen Anne’s County, MD. Hinefelt was charged with the following:

• Possession with the intent to distribute cocaine
• Conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute cocaine
• Maintaining a Common Nuisance
• 2 counts of possession of cocaine
• 2 count of possession of CDS paraphernalia

Hinefelt was incarcerated at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center in lieu of $15,000.00 bond.

From this investigation, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force has reason to believe that Anthony Todd has been distributing powdered cocaine and crack cocaine since 2008; distributing over 4 kilograms of cocaine during that time period and profiting over an estimated $230,000.00. The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force reports that during this investigation law enforcement agencies in Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties have seized over approximately $25,000.00 in cash from Anthony Todd during CDS arrests and investigations dating back to 2008 to the present.

PRESS RELEASE AUTHORIZED

Case Investigatore SGT Tim McDonald #2197

QA Sheriff – QUADTF Search Warrant & Arrest

INCIDENT: Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force

DATE/TIME: 11/15/2011 @ 2120 hours

LOCATION: 121 4th Street, Crumpton, Queen Anne’s County, MD

The QA Co. Drug Task Force served a “No Knock” Search & Seizure Warrant Tuesday evening in Crumpton. The Entry was conducted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Also assisting in the search warrant were uniform troopers from MSP Centreville and a MSP K9 from SOD.

Upon entry, a female occupant attempted to block the doorway of the master bedroom and another occupant ran into a second bedroom. The main suspect was located in the master bedroom and upon the SWAT Team confronting the suspect, he was secured. The SWAT Team located a loaded Bauer .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun underneath the suspect’s chest on the bed.

Once all occupants and the residence were safely secured the residence was searched and the following was located and seized:

A Bauer Firearms .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun loaded with 5 rounds of ammunition.; $1,811.00 in U.S. Currency; two cell phones; document evidence; a digital scale with trace cocaine; 63.2 grams (2.257 ounces) of cocaine with a street value of $6,320.00; a Leader .22 caliber revolver; a Cobra .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun with a magazine with 6 rounds of ammunition.

This investigation started during the first week of November after the Task Force received information from several sources that the suspect was actively distributing cocaine in the Crumpton and surrounding area. After surveillance confirmed the information received a search warrant was obtained. The suspect was arrested on 10-17-11 by MSP Centreville with the assistance of the Task Force for PWID cocaine (18 grams) and is currently out on a $30K bond for that arrest.

The suspect below was charged with the following:

Anthony Kevon Todd (24) of 121 4th Street, Crumpton, MD

PWID Cocaine

Possession of Cocaine

Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

3 counts of possessing a Firearm Nexus to a Drug Trafficking Crime Maintaining a Common Nuisance Possession of a firearm by a Convicted Felon

Todd is being held without bail at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

On 10-6-11, the suspect (Todd) was a victim of a drive by shooting at his residence that is still under investigation by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.

Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is a combined effort of the Maryland State Police, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Queen Anne’s County States Attorney’s Office, Centreville Police, and Department of Natural Resources Police. Drug tips can be confidentially called in at any time to the Task Force at 410-758-8477.

QA Press Release – Task Force

Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:05:54 -0400

QUADTF along with the assistance from Centreville PD, MSP Centreville and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in QA Co.  The first phase of the operation entailed a traffic stop of the suspect in the Stevensville area of QA Co as the search warrant covered the search of the suspect and his vehicle.  A search of the vehicle resulted in the following seizure and arrest of two suspects.

449.9 grams of marijuana & $31.00 as well as the suspect’s (Sam Blackwell) 95 Lincoln Continental

Persons Arrested:

Sam Herbert Blackwell
AA/M, DOB:  01-09-53
107 Holton St., Centreville, MD

Ronald Wayne Smith
AA/M, DOB:  05-23-55
417 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD

From there a search of the home belonging to Sam Blackwell was conducted based on the search warrant at 107 Holton Street in Centreville.  This was a knock and announce search warrant.  Due to the occupants not coming to the door upon knocking and recent information that there was a loaded handgun in the residence a forced entry was made without incident.  Upon entry the two occupants inside of the residence were located and secured.  The following was located and seized from the residence:

9.7 grams of marijuana, a loaded .38 caliber revolver, packaging material and a digital scale

This investigation was a result of the Centreville PD working closely with the Task Force developing information on the suspect Blackwell, CI information and citizen complaints.  Blackwell is a U.S. citizen, has no known gang affiliation and has prior arrests for Possession Not-marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Armed robbery, Assault with intent to murder, conspiracy, child abuse, battery, MDOP and Distribution of CDS. Smith is a U.S. citizen, has no known gang affiliation and has prior arrests for credit card steal, theft under, Possession Not-Marijuana, Possession of CDS Paraphernalia, Armed robbery, Assault 1st Degree, Assault 2nd Degree, Robbery Deadly Weapon, Reckless Endangerment, theft over and Forgery.  Blackwell and Smith were charged with the following:

Blackwell:

PWID Marijuana
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of CDS Paraphernalia
Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon

Smith:

PWID Marijuana
Possession of Marijuana
Possession of CDS Paraphernalia

TFC Oros was the case investigator.

Press Release Authorized

Sgt. Tim McDonald
Maryland State Police-Drug Enforcement Division
Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force
Office:  410-758-8477
Cell:      410-490-9763

QA Drug Bust

On March 3, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force served a search warrant at 107 Lee Road in Chester. A search of the residence revealed over thirty clear capsules containing suspected trace heroin, one Suboxone (bupenorephrine) pill, a trace amount of cocaine, evidence of long term use and sales of heroin and $1,021.00 in U.S. currency. Four persons were at the home when the warrant was served, including a two year old child. This warrant was the result of citizen tips and complaints concerning heavy foot and vehicular traffic to and from the residence and complaints from nearby business owners concerning occupants of the home delivering heroin to their employees.

Joshua David Chamberlain, age 24, who has previous arrests for possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and theft will be charged with possession of heroin, possession of buprenorphine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jessica Lynn Williams, age 20, who has previous arrests for theft and burglary, will be charged with possession of heroin, possession of buprenorphine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Lisa Marie Gray, age 50, who has previous arrests for the possession of controlled dangerous substances, theft, bad checks and burglary, will be charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Patrick Timothy Gray, age 44, who has previous arrests for the distribution of heroin, the possession of heroin, theft, burglary and bad checks will be charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

QAC Drug Task Force Culminates with Arrests

On February 19, a two-month covert investigation conducted by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force culminated with two arrests and the service of search and seizure warrants. During the investigation, undercover officers made five hand to hand purchases of marijuana with Jennifer Nicole Jamison. It was learned that Jamison and her boyfriend, Christopher R. McCulloch, were having high grade marijuana shipped from Colorado to Stevensville. The packages of marijuana were being received via express mail from the United States Postal Service. Assistance from the Postal Service was sought and received in this investigation.

On February 19, surveillance was conducted on the Post Office in Stevensville. When the suspects arrived to pick up the package, they were taken into custody, and a search and seizure warrant was executed on the residence of the two suspects, 120 New Jersey Road, Stevensville. The express package from Colorado contained 37 grams of high grade marijuana and 1.5 grams of hashish. The Task Force also seized $150, a 2010 Ford Focus and a digital scale and empty express mail packages that were located in the Ford Focus.

Jennifer Nicole Jamison, twenty-two years old, was charged with four counts of Distribution of Marijuana, one count of Distribution of Marijuana in a School Zone, six counts of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, six counts of Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Christopher R. McCulloch, twenty-two years old, was charged with one count of Distribution of Marijuana in a School Zone, two counts of Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and two counts of Possession of Marijuana.

The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is a combined investigative effort consisting of the Maryland State Police, The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, The Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, Centreville Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resource Police. Anyone with drug information is urged to call the Task Force at 410-758-8477 or contact them through their website, QADTF.com.

QA Drug Task Force Busy

On September 14, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force executed a search and seizure warrant at 418 Calvert Road in Stevensville. The following was located and seized: 60.2 grams of marijuana; one small live marijuana plant; three smoking devices; one metal grinder; and, evidence of long term indoor/outdoor marijuana grow operation. Arthur Charles Franke and Robin Marie Franke have been charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, Manufacturing Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Queen Anne’s Drug Task Force Busy

On June 10, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force served five search and seizure warrants at various locations in Queen Anne’s County. The first search warrant was a body and vehicle search warrant for Donta Lamont Miles and his 2002 Lincoln Navigator. Miles was followed from his home in Denton, MD by investigators from the Queen Anne’s Task Force and was stopped by members of the Maryland State Police P.A.C.E team on Rolling Bridge Road in Centreville. Miles was found to be in possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and $100. Based upon the evidence revealed in the investigation, Miles 2002 Lincoln Navigator was seized. After Miles was detained, the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force served a second search warrant on Miles’ home in Denton and recovered an additional $2,200. The third search warrant was served on Miles girlfriend, Natasha Lashawn Wright, and her vehicle. Donta Lamont Miles was charged with possession of cocaine and paraphernalia. Miles also has pending charges in the District Court of Maryland stemming from a previous arrest.

The fourth search warrant was served at 306 Brownsville Road, Centreville. Several suspects were detained in the yard of the residence and an additional ten suspects were located inside the residence. A search revealed 11 grams of cocaine, 7.9 grams of marijuana, 5 percocet (oxycodone) pills and $183. Charges are pending against several individuals located at the residence.

A fifth search warrant was then served at 108 B Little Kidwell Centreville. During a search of the home, a small amount of marijuana, a small amount of cocaine and $417 was recovered. Charges are pending against a suspect at this home.

During the execution of the five search and seizure warrants, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force was assisted by the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force, the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force, the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force, the Centreville Police Department, the Maryland S.T.A.T.E Police tactical Team, members of the State Police Criminal Investigation Division from the Centreville Barrack, the Maryland State Police P.A.C.E team and uniformed troopers out of the Centreville Barrack

The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is a combined investigative effort consisting of the Maryland State Police, The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, The Queen Anne’s County States Attorney’s Office, Centreville Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resource Police. Anyone with drug information is urged to call the Task Force at 410-758-8477 or contact them through their website, QADTF.com.

QA Woman Charged with Sending Heroin to Detention Center Inmate

After a two month investigation, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force served a search seizure warrant on April 1 and made one arrest at 314 Merganser Court in Chester. The investigation began when the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force was contacted by the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center regarding a letter that came into the facility addressed to an inmate that had heroin concealed behind the postage stamp attached to the envelope. An investigator from the Drug Task Force responded to the detention center and took custody of the letter and heroin.

During the course of the investigation, the individual responsible for mailing the letter with the suspected heroin was identified as Krista Corrinne Timms, age twenty-one. During the course of the investigation, six additional letters were delivered to the facility addressed to the same inmate, all of which had heroin secreted behind the postage stamps. Ms. Timms is believed to be the girlfriend of the male inmate who has been incarcerated at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center since June of 2009. Timms lives at 314 Merganser Court.

The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force was assisted by uniform personnel from Maryland State Police Centreville during the execution of the search warrant. Prior to the service of the search warrant, surveillance was initiated on the Timms residence. She was taken into custody without incident at a traffic stop. The team then entered the unlocked residence and made entry without incident. After the suspect’s arrest, she confessed to sending the letters with the heroin.