HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: James Simms charged with dealing fentanyl-laced heroin following yet another fatal overdose of a junkie
FREDERICK, MD. – As the never-ending thirst of recreational drug users combined with those who have unwittingly become addicted to opioids as a result of use and also the abuse of prescription painkillers, another fatal overdose has taken place in Frederick County, Md. The death spurred the Frederick County Sheriff to ramp up efforts to find and arrest those dealing fentanyl-laced heroin.
As a result of that effort, reports Frederick Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, during the month of October 2018, members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigation Section initiated an investigation as a result of a fatal overdose that occurred in Frederick County.
Over the course of the investigation, an undercover deputy made several contacts by phone with the target of the investigation.
Cops: Dealer promised his heroin was laced with fentanyl
The undercover deputy was able to set up a deal with the target of the investigation for $2,000 worth of heroin. The target, who was later identified as James Kenneth Simms, of 1734 N. Smallwood Street, Baltimore, Md., stated the heroin was laced with fentanyl.
Police say that on the evening of November 26th, 2018, Simms agreed to meet the undercover deputy at a predetermined meet-up location in Frederick County. Upon reaching the meet-up location, Simms made contact with the undercover deputy and stated he was there.
Members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Team and NIS then conducted a stop of the vehicle in which the target of the investigation was traveling, and a total of four male subjects were arrested.
The vehicle was searched, and the following was located:
- Jennings J-22 handgun with an obliterated serial number
- Small plastic baggies
- (2) Baggies containing white powder
- Total weight of heroin/fentanyl: 31 grams
The driver of the vehicle was an adult male from Baltimore who was identified as Andre D. Nelson, 34, (DOB 9/16/84) of 3906 Groveland Ave., Baltimore, Md.
Frederick Sheriff’s Detective K. Johnson charged Nelson with altering a firearm identification number, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, loaded handgun in the vehicle, handgun on person, and loaded handgun on person. Even though Nelson was caught with a gun which had the serial numbers filed off, the Alice In Wonderland Maryland Judiciary rules allowed him to be released on a small unsecured bail of only $5,000 – and he was willy-nilly back on the streets – in Baltimore – in a city led by dimwit politicians who can’t figure out why the murder rate is soaring. Naturally, Nelson gets a free attorney paid for by the taxpayers.
The second passenger in the vehicle was identified as James Kenneth Simms who was charged by Frederick Sheriff Detective K. Johnson with possession of heroin/fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute heroin/fentanyl. Simms was ordered after a bail review on Nov. 27, 2018, to be held without bond.
The taxpayers of Maryland will be dismayed to learn that they will be picking up the tab for a free attorney to represent Simms on his path through the courts which, if convicted, will lead to a paid vacation in prison.
The two other passengers in the vehicle were identified as juveniles from Baltimore. Both juveniles were charged with possession of heroin/fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute heroin/fentanyl. The juveniles were referred to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
The operation was assisted by the Maryland State Police.