CENTREVILLE — A Centreville woman faces multiple drug charges after the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force witnessed an alleged drug deal near Kennard Elementary School April 26 and searched her residence in the 400 block of North Commerce Street later that day.

The Drug Task Force and the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office began a joint investigation in early 2019 into the sales of cocaine and heroin/fentanyl occurring in and around Centreville. During the investigation, task force members identified Ashley Sudler, 27, as one of the persons suspected of distributing drugs in the Centreville area.

On Friday, members of the task force were conducting surveillance on Sudler and allegedly witnessed her and a male suspect making suspected hand-to-hand sales of controlled dangerous substances from a sidewalk within 1,000 feet of Kennard Elementary, posted drug-free school zone.

Around noon, members of the task force, assisted by uniformed officers from the Centreville Police Department, detained Sudler and took her back to her residence, where they served a search and seizure warrant.

The search yielded 22.6 grams of suspected heroin, 1.1 grams of suspected cocaine and 1.3 grams of suspected marijuana, and related drug paraphernalia, police said.

Sudler was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Kennard Elementary School, possession of heroin and cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sudler was initially held without bond in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff Gary Hofmann said in a statement, “This is a great example of teamwork amongst all of the partners of the Queen Annes County Drug Task Force. We’ve made it clear many times, if you distribute drugs in our county, you will be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

It’s disturbing that anyone would compromise the safety of our children and distribute narcotics within a school zone. This will not be tolerated. The safety of our citizens is paramount, and we will always use every available resource to ensure it.”

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