HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL – Rashaud Nelson nominated by Grand Jury as Drug Dealer of 2018 for creative display of products and great customer service; may join his brother in the Big House
LEXINGTON PARK, MD. – It’s all a matter of choices and two Lexington Park brothers have made theirs and soon may be making it easier for visitors to see them both, at the same time, in the Maryland prison in Jessup as Rashaud will likely join Tyreise Nelson behind bars for dealing deadly drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.
According to St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron, Rashaud Martese Nelson, 28, of 21389 Edgar Way, Lexington Park, Md., was identified by St. Mary’s Sheriff Detective David Potter as a distributor of controlled dangerous substances.
Several undercover purchases were made from Nelson, which included Cocaine, Heroin, Fentanyl and a mixture containing Heroin and Fentanyl.
Rashaud Nelson’s case was presented to the Grand Jury of the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court for indictment by State’s Attorney Richard D. Fritz and an arrest warrant was issued. Charges included Possession of Heroin, Distribution of Heroin, Possession of Fentanyl, Distribution of Fentanyl, Possession of Cocaine, Distribution of Cocaine, and Distribution of Mixture Containing Heroin and Fentanyl.
Nelson was located in Lexington Park on August 24, 2018, and taken into custody without incident. Nelson was incarcerated in the St. Mary’s County Jail with no bond.
Rashaud Nelson is represented by attorney Rais Jaleel Akbar, perhaps hoping a change of attorneys for the Nelson boys might bring about a different result.
A trial date of Sept. 18, 2018, has been set in St. Mary’s County District Court.
Rashaud Nelson was indicted by the St. Mary’s Grand Jury on Dec. 3, 2015. Nelson was a beneficiary of a plea deal given him by St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on March 11, 2016, when he entered a guilty plea to felony distribution of drugs in St. Mary’s Circuit Court. THE DEAL: 27 days in jail. Nelson violated the terms of his probation and is facing a return to the slammer.
Tyreise Divron Nelson, who formerly resided at the same address as Rashaud on Edgar Way in Lexington Park, is currently serving a ten-year stretch in the Maryland Prison at Jessup, Md., for dealing drugs.
Tyreise Divron Nelson, also of 20710 Wolftrap Road, Lexington Park, Md., was indicted by States Attorney Richard Fritz with the Grand Jury on Aug. 2, 2017, on charges of reckless endangerment, manslaughter, second-degree murder along with the distribution of drugs which was alleged to have taken place on June 5, 2017, resulting in the fatal overdose of junkie Jonathan David Elkins.
Jonathan David Elkins, 29, of Lexington Park, Md., died on June 5, 2017, at his home after being sold heroin by Tyreise Nelson. Elkins, who voluntarily used the drugs sold him by Nelson, left two children behind.
Tyreise Nelson, represented by notable criminal defense attorney Ralph Larry Warren, entered an Alford Plea to distribution after being one of eight drug dealers indicted for second-degree murder depraved heart, in an election-year showcase by officials who wanted to appear to be taking strong action in the face of the record-setting death spiral of opioid overdoses.
Fritz never won a single case of the eight who were announced at a staged press conference in Leonardtown which included the attendance of Gov. Larry Hogan and St. Mary’s Sheriff Tim Cameron.
Christina Granados McCauley, 58, of 42228 Breton Bay Farm Road, Leonardtown, Md., entered an Alford Plea to selling heroin on April 13, 2018, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. On the charge of felony involuntary manslaughter, she entered a guilty plea on Dec. 15, 2017, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. On the misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment, McCauley entered a guilty plea and picked up a five-year sentence in the plea deal with Fritz. One year was the sentence for possession of heroin; 8 years for selling heroin; She didn’t stand trial on the charge of second-degree depraved heart murder in causing the death of Mary Nell Miller in June of 2017 as Fritz dropped the charge, without holding a press conference. An appeal to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals was made on April 30, 2018.
Regina Malvalee Claggett-Brown, of 45718 Church Drive #301, Great Mills, Md., was indicted by the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court Grand Jury at the direction of States Attorney Richard Fritz on May 4, 2017. Claggett-Brown is also charged with manslaughter, second-degree murder, possession and distribution of heroin and reckless endangerment that ended a life on Oct. 8, 2016. Matthew Connell, a taxpayer provided attorney represents her with trial set for Sept. 19, 2017. Detective Pesante of the St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Department investigated.
Claggett-Brown, who also lived in McDaniel, Md., near Easton on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, at the time of her arrest on May 23, 2017, on a warrant from St. Mary’s County. Claggett-Brown was charged with distributing oxycodone and heroin to and causing the death of Paul Francis Baxter Jr., of Chesapeake Beach, Md. Prosecutors alleged that Baxter went to Lexington Park from Calvert County to buy drugs. After snorting heroin to celebrate the transaction, Baxter keeled over and was pronounced DOA when arriving at a hospital.
THE OUTCOME: Claggett-Brown was represented by Matthew Connell, a free attorney provided by the taxpayers.
In a plea deal with Fritz, Claggett-Brown entered a guilty plea to possession of heroin and reckless endangerment on Jan. 31, 2018 and was sentenced to five years in prison. As part of the deal, felony murder second-degree depraved heart was dropped by Fritz, according to court records. Also dropped by Fritz were the charges of manslaughter, and distribution of heroin.
- Claggett-Brown was charged by Maryland State Trooper Lewis in Calvert County Circuit Court for possession of drugs from an offense on Dec. 17, 2015. Calvert States Attorney Laura Martin provided an easy deal for her in court when Claggett-Brown entered a guilty plea on Nov. 7, 2016. THE DEAL: Two years in jail with all but two days suspended and four years of probation.
- Claggett-Brown was indicted in Charles County Circuit Court by the Grand Jury on March 2, 2012, with counts of conspiracy to commit theft and theft. She was found guilty at trial on Sept. 5, 2013, and Jan. 11, 2013 was sentenced to ten years in prison with all of the jail time suspended.