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Grasonville man faces drug charges

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GRASONVILLE — A Grasonville man faces drug charges after police searched two apartments in the Grasonville Terrace senior housing complex.

The searches came about following multiple complaints of cocaine, heroin and prescription pills being used and sold from Grasonville Terrance throughout late 2019 and early 2020. The Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force developed probable cause to apply for two search and seizure warrants for apartments in the senior complex being used by various drug dealers to store and distribute cocaine, heroin and prescription pills.

At 4:20 a.m. Jan. 9, the Task Force, assisted by the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office Tactical Team, the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force and uniformed troopers from Maryland State Police, Centreville barracks, served the warrants.

A search of the unit at 27 Grasonville Terrace yielded small amounts of suspected cocaine/heroin and evidence of prescription pills being sold from the apartment, police said.

The second warrant was for 22 Grasonville Terrace, the residence of Robert Laverne Pierce Jr., 55. He was home at the time, police said. A search of Pierce’s apartment yielded trace cocaine, working digital scales and evidence he was allowing other persons to sell heroin and cocaine from his home on a routine basis, police alleged.

Piece has a previous criminal history for felony drug charges, resisting arrest and assault, police said. He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia.

Pierce was released on $2,500 bond.

The investigation is continuing.

“As I have said in the past, if you are a drug dealer in this county, it is only a matter of time before our team kicks down your door and hunts you down. If you have a substance abuse issue we will stand beside you and assist you in getting help, but we have no tolerance for someone who intends to distribute drugs,” said Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann.

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