HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: Talbot deputies charged convicted drug dealer James H. Holsopple and Keith Farabough with dealing heroin; David Evans snared on pill dealing charges

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HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL

HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: Talbot deputies charged convicted drug dealer James H. Holsopple and Keith Farabough with dealing heroin; David Evans snared on pill dealing charges

EASTON, MD. – As the Maryland State Police, Delaware State Police and two neighboring counties announced a large scale drug investigation erupting into seizures, raids, and arrests, Talbot Sheriff Joe Gamble issued a press release detailing drug arrests that took place a month ago in Talbot County.

Sheriff Gamble reports that during the months of January and February 2019, the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Talbot County Narcotics Task Force conducted saturation patrols targeting drug activity in Talbot County. Deputies made several significant arrests stemming from these efforts.

Sheriff’s Captain John Bollinger reports that on January 11, 2019, at about 9:30 pm, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Ocean Gateway near Old Skipton Road for a moving violation. The driver was identified as Keith A. Farabough Sr., 52, of 8637 Swan Haven Road, Easton, Maryland, and a passenger was identified as James Herbert  Holsopple, 48, of 8653 Swan Haven Road, Easton, Maryland.

Capt. Bollinger says that deputies developed probable cause and a search of the vehicle and occupants revealed heroin and paraphernalia.

Holsopple and Farabough were placed under arrest by Talbot Deputy First Class Stivers and transported to central booking at the Talbot County Detention Center for processing and their initial appearance with the court commissioner. During a secondary search, Deputies located an additional 47 capsules of suspected heroin, which Holsopple attempted to destroy during the search.

Holsopple was charged with

  • Felony Possession with intent to distribute heroin;
  • Possession of heroin;
  • possession of paraphernalia;
  • Felony possession with intent to distribute Fentanyl/Heroin mix.
  • tampering with evidence;
  • resisting arrest;
  • possession of a controlled substance in a place of confinement and maintaining a common nuisance. 

Farabough was charged with:

  • Felony Possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession of heroin;
  • Possession of paraphernalia,
  • Felony Possession of with the intent to distribute fentanyl/ Heroin mix
  • Drugs; distribution in a common nuisance

Farabough has been granted a free attorney from the public defender’s office in Easton to defend him, paid for by the same public that he is accused of attempting to poison with the sale of heroin.

Holsopple and Farabough had an initial appearance before a court commissioner and both were ordered held without bond. Farabough had a bond review on Jan. 14, 2019, and was released on his own personal recognizance.   

Holsopple is represented by attorney Joseph Coale, of Saint Michaels, Md., and was ordered held without bail allowed on Feb. 11, 2019 and next appears in court on March 11, 2019.

Scott Patterson Talbot County States Attorney

Holsopple, formerly living in Conowingo, Md., was arrested by Cecil County Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Widdoes and on Oct. 26, 2004 charges were brought in Cecil County Circuit Court. On Feb. 25, 2005, Holsopple entered a guilty plea to distribution of drugs in a plea deal with the Cecil County States Attorney. THE DEAL: Holsopple was given credit for 96 days of time served and sentenced to prison for five years. Eight other criminal charges were dropped.

The charges against Farabough are hopefully more solid than the drug charges filed by Talbot County States attorney Scott Patterson on Jan. 20, 2016. Seven counts of drug distribution in a school zone, common nuisance of dealing drugs, use of a firearm and possession of pot and paraphernalia were all dropped by Patterson on Sept. 16, 2016. Representing Farabough in backing down the States Attorney Patterson was Kevin M. Joyce of Chester, Md. Those charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the Talbot Sheriff’s Deputy Blazejak, stemming from an incident that took place on Oct. 2, 2015, according to court records.

Down and dirty on Black Dog Alley

Police say that on January 17, 2019 at about 6:45 pm, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Black Dog Alley near Dover Road for a moving violation. Deputies identified the driver as David A. Evans, 51, of 5281 Preston Road, Federalsburg, Maryland. During the initial contact with Deputies, Evans admitted to being in possession of a controlled substance. Deputies located a prescription pill bottle in Evans’ pants pocket containing 30 oxycodone pills. Deputies determined the prescription was for another individual and had been filled that day for 84 pills.

Evans was placed under arrest and charged with:

  • possession with intent to distribute a narcotic,
  • possession of a controlled substance
  • possession of paraphernalia.

Evans was transported to central booking at the Talbot County Detention Center and released on his personal recognizance by a District Court Commissioner on Jan. 17, 2019 and has a free attorney provided by the taxpayers of Maryland for his next court appearance on March 13, 2019.


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