HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL – Junkie Dad Brandon Michael Gohl Shoots Up with Heroin and Passes Out with Toddler in Back Seat; Child Called Mom on Phone
UPDATE: Maryland Court records reveal that Gohl hired Leonardtown attorney Kevin J. McDevitt who negotiated a plea deal on May 9, 2019, with States Attorney Richard Fritz that resulted in a sentence of fifteen years in prison with all of the time suspended except for 556 days. The plea deal provided for Gohl pleading guilty to felony possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and misdemeanor neglect of a child with five years in prison suspended to run concurrent with the heroin charge.
LEONARDTOWN, Md. – Maryland State Police arrested a St. Mary’s County man on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, after he was found passed out in a truck with drugs while his 2-year-old son was in the vehicle with him.
Brandon Michael Gohl, 35, of 45043 Hollywood, Md., is charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute and child neglect. He was taken to the St. Mary’s County Jail, where he is waiting to appear before a court commissioner.
Shortly after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Trooper Posch, from the Leonardtown Barrack, responded on a report of a child welfare check. According to investigators, the mother of the suspect’s son contacted police after her son video chatted her apparently upset and crying while inside of Gohl’s truck.
The mother told troopers that the child was unable to provide any information on their location. A phone ping was conducted on Gohl’s phone, which revealed the phone was in the area of Forest Park Road in Lexington Park, Md. Several police units responded to the area and began to actively search for the truck.
A trooper located the vehicle and observed two males passed out inside of it. The trooper then saw the child, who was in the back seat of the truck screaming and crying, and immediately removed him from the vehicle. Gohl was arrested at the scene.Maryland State Police
A search of the vehicle revealed 23 capsules containing suspected heroin, U.S. currency and several bags containing suspected marijuana, totaling 889 grams. Investigators also located a suspected drug /price ledger. The other male passenger in the truck, Zackery Taylor Ricker, 23, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was issued a civil citation and released at the scene.
Police say that the child was examined by EMS personnel and returned safely to his mother.
Taxpayers will be delighted to know that Gohl won’t have to spend his own money on a lawyer and can continue to buy heroin, as he has been given approval for a free attorney paid for from the funds of the public treasury.
As of Jan. 29, 2019, he had been ordered held without bond while facing a preliminary hearing on Feb. 26, 2019. Charges are felony possession with the intent to distribute drugs, two counts; possession of more than ten grams of pot; possession of heroin; possession of drug paraphernalia; and neglect of a child.
An assault charge brought by complainant Georgia Ann Hopson on Sept. 11, 2018, was dropped in District Court by St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz on Dec. 4, 2018.
Charges of felony possession with the intent to distribute drugs based on an investigation by St. Mary’s Sheriff Deputy William Rishel and Maryland State Police TFC B. Ditoto and filed on March 3, 2017, in Circuit Court by way of Criminal Information by States Attorney Richard Fritz were dropped by Fritz on Aug. 25, 2017.