Major heroin ring busted in Frederick

Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins announces a major heroin bust, the biggest in the county’s history, on Friday, June 17, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins announces a major heroin bust, the biggest in the county’s history, on Friday, June 17, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)

Fourteen firearms were seized in connection to a heroin ring bust in Frederick County, Md. Law enforcement uncovered more than 510 grams of the drug, a street value of about $75,000. (Courtesy Frederick County Sheriff's Office)
Fourteen firearms were seized in connection to a heroin ring bust in Frederick County, Md. Law enforcement uncovered more than 510 grams of the drug, a street value of about $75,000. (Courtesy Frederick County Sheriff’s Office)

These were among the seized items in a recent heroin bust in Frederick County, Md. Eight people were indicted in connection to the drug ring on Friday, June 17, 2016. (Courtesy Frederick County Sheriff’s Office)

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Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins announces a major heroin bust, the biggest in the county’s history, on Friday, June 17, 2016. (WTOP/Dennis Foley)
Fourteen firearms were seized in connection to a heroin ring bust in Frederick County, Md. Law enforcement uncovered more than 510 grams of the drug, a street value of about $75,000. (Courtesy Frederick County Sheriff's Office)

FREDERICK, Md. – Eight people were indicted Friday in what Frederick County’s sheriff is calling the largest heroin bust in the county’s history.

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“It’s an enormous amount of heroin,” Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said. “Rarely do you make a seizure like that.”

Frederick County has already seen more heroin overdoses so far this year than it has all of last year. There were 141 overdoses in 2015 compared with the roughly 160 so far this year.

The investigation dates back to January. Jenkins said investigators noticed similarities in the heroin overdoses, which helped law enforcement uncover a large drug ring. Several people were arrested after they were caught with more than 510 grams of heroin.

“This would have impacted hundreds of residents in the county,” Frederick County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason West said. “The street value is approximately $75,000, so this had a major impact on Frederick County.”

Police also seized more than $4,500 in cash; 18 guns; four cars; smaller amounts of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and THC wax; and about 400 pills. About half of those pills were the painkiller Oxycodone, though the haul also included alprazolam (better known by its brand name, Xanax), Adderall, methadone and Ambien.

Also, police seized nine fentanyl patches.

According to Frederick County police, a grand jury on Friday indicted eight people on various drug-related crimes: Colby Lewis, 24; Ronald Dinges, 56; Alexandra Kastner, 27; Alante Williams, 23, Deandre Coplin, 27, Jocelyn Appleby, 26, Brett Demeza, 35, and Brett Carpenter, 35.

A ninth person, Lauren Gardner, 32, was indicted in connection to the investigation in May, police said.

Police said another person, Alexandra Kastner, is wanted in connection to the drug ring.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Frederick Police Department, Maryland State Police and Homeland Security Investigators worked together to investigate each of the heroin overdoses and shut down the distribution ring.

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