CENTREVILLE — Yet another very strong message is being sent by Queen Anne’s Sheriff Gary Hofmann, “If you distribute drugs in our community and somebody is hurt by this, as a team, we are going to do everything possible to make sure you are held accountable. We will use every tool and tip to hunt you down. If you sell, you will be found and arrested.”
Working with the State’s Attorney’s Office, serious charges, including manslaughter have been made, where individuals knowingly and for profit sold drugs leading to the death of two in Queen Anne’s County.
On July 18, members of the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff responded to 1540 Postal Road, Apt 104, in Chester for the report of an opioid overdose. The victim of the overdose, identified as Robert P. Jeffers, was unconscious and had to be transported to a local hospital where he passed away a short time later. Katelyn Celeste Usilton, 27, of Church Hill was the individual who had allegedly supplied Jeffers with the fatal dose of opioids, that likely caused his demise, a result of Fentanyl/opioid intoxication, said police.
Usilton was served on Oct. 6 with charges of distribution of narcotics, possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute, distribution/possession of fentanyl/heroin, two counts of possession not marijuana, two counts of controlled dangerous substance possession, reckless endangerment, and providing fraudulent information to avoid prosecution.
In August, Sidneysia Felicia Roy, age 30 of Centreville, and Dontae Devon Dennis, 43, were charged in the death of James Reed. Police said they responded to Royal Farms in Queenstown, June 5, for a person in a vehicle in cardiac arrest. The victim was found suffering from an opioid overdose in his vehicle. Reed was transported to a local emergency room where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy revealed he had died of an opioid overdose, said police.
Both Roy and Dennis were charged with a slew of drug-related charges as well as reckless endangerment and manslaughter.
Roy was taken into custody without incident and was initially held on no bond. She is currently released pending trial. Dennis was already incarcerated for a recent felony opioid arrest and remains incarcerated pending trial.
Task Force members, working with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, issued multiple subpoenas and search warrants for phone records, video surveillance, and social media sites. Interviews were conducted with witnesses, family members, and concerned citizens, which allowed the Task Force to develop suspects in the distribution and delivery of the fatal opioid dose in both cases.
“Good people are struggling with addiction every day and too many lives are being lost to overdose,” said Deputy State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County, Christine Rickard. She warned, “Drug dealers take advantage of this weakness for their personal profit and we intend to use all resources to stop this victimization.”
“If you have a substance abuse issue, we are here to help with resources,” added Sheriff Gary Hofmann.
The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Maryland State Police, the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff, and the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, with support from the Centreville Police Department and the Maryland Natural Resources Police.