Murder USA: Rodney “Cuz” Coby & Steven Jerome charged with causing the death of a junkie by selling Fentanyl
GREENBELT, MD. – In the continuing and never-ending baloney thrown at the public by elected States Attorneys in Southern Maryland who regularly allow drug dealers to skate on serious charges, a St. Mary’s County drug dealer has new charges against him now in federal court which could free him from the grasp of daily life trying to make a living selling death to junkies and provide him with the security of three hots and a federal cot.
A federal grand jury on Aug. 27, 2018, returned a superseding indictment charging Rodney Mondell Coby, a/k/a “Cuz,” 29, of Waldorf, Maryland, and Steven Jerome, of Leonardtown, Maryland, with the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. Coby is also charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Coby was initially indicted on the drug distribution and gun charges on May 21, 2018. The superseding indictment added Jerome as a new defendant and three counts of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.
U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur stated, “We are determined to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in Maryland. We’re particularly targeting those who sell fentanyl, the drug that is killing the most of our citizens. Drug traffickers are on notice that dealing in fentanyl increases their odds of federal prosecution.”
The six-count superseding indictment alleges that Coby and Jerome distributed fentanyl to an individual on September 6, 2017, resulting in death. Further, the indictment charges Coby and Jerome individually with distributing fentanyl on November 29, 2017, and March 27, 2018, respectively, resulting in death. Coby is also charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and fentanyl, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and illegally possessing five semi-automatic pistols and 159 rounds of various types of ammunition.
If convicted, Coby and Jerome face a mandatory minimum of 20 years and up to life in prison for each of two counts of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.
Coby also faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute controlled substances; a maximum of life in prison for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; and a maximum of 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Coby has been in custody since his arrest on April 13, 2018.
Jerome is also detained on unrelated state charges.
INDICTED DRUG DEALER LIVES IN WATERFRONT HOME BUT HAS FREE ATTORNEY PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS
Steven Roger Jerome, of 39539 Potomac Avenue, Leonardtown, Md., which is located on St. Clements Bay in St. Clement’s Shores, was charged in Calvert County District Court on July 13, 2017, with three counts of possession of heroin and paraphernalia.
With a free attorney, Luke Woods of the Public Defender’s Office, representing him, Jerome won a plea deal from Calvert States Attorney Laura Martin with all three charges put on the Stet Docket on May 3, 2018. These charges may see new life as a result of his current indictment.
In the sticky wicket of Calvert County Circuit Court, an indictment was issued by the Grand Jury on Oct. 21, 2014, against Steven Roger Jerome, charging him with dealing drugs, conspiring to distribute drugs along with co-defendant Christina Marie Maier. With Del Lynch, a free attorney provided by the taxpayers working magic with Calvert County States Attorney Laura Martin, Jerome entered an Alford Plea on March 23, 2015, to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute drugs. THE DEAL: Jerome got a sentence of 18 months in the local Calvert Jail, avoiding prison.
Steven Roger Jerome lives in a waterfront home on St. Clement’s Bay, yet the taxpayers provide him with free attorneys as the Public Defender’s Office regularly fails to screen those whom they represent for their ability to pay.