HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: Todd Powell and Heather Adkins sentenced to prison for heroin trafficking; caught with mobile pill and heroin and drug buffet

HEROIN HIGHWAY TO HELL: Todd Powell and Heather Adkins sentenced to prison for heroin trafficking; caught with mobile pill and heroin and drug buffet

NORTH EAST, MD. – Running the roads of Cecil County with a Drugmobile was profitable for two Cecil County residents until they met up with a task force of law officers designated with special funding from the Governor’s Office to thwart their deathly trade.

Todd Brandon Powell, 34, formerly of 80 Springhill Lane, North East, Maryland, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute narcotics and possession of a firearm with a felony conviction on July 9, 2019, in Cecil County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the drug conviction and a concurrent 15-year sentence on the firearm charge. All but 8 years of the drug distribution charge was suspended.

As of Aug. 5, 2019, Powell is incarcerated at the Maryland Reception Diagnostic and Classification Center of the Maryland Prison system in Baltimore, Md. He is Dept. of Corrections inmate #00474555. (DOB 06/03/1985)

Powell should be right at home in the prison welcome center in Baltimore as he was sentenced to five years in prison on May 18, 2005, when he entered a guilty plea to a robbery in a plea deal with the Baltimore City States Attorney. THE DEAL: as part of the deal, other charges of use of a handgun, theft, assault and armed robbery were dropped. The verdict on the guilty plea of robbery was Probation After Conviction with three years and six months of the sentence suspended. 

On Sept. 26, 2007, a charge of violation of the terms of the probation was brought to Circuit Court in Baltimore City where Todd Brandon Powell entered a guilty plea and a new stretch in prison of three years.

Heather Adkins, 34, of Colora, Maryland, was sentenced to serve five years in prison on her drug possession charge.

In January 2019, members of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit (GEU) were conducting a gang and crime-suppression assignment in Cecil County. During the assignment, they stopped a gray 2016 Toyota Rav4 for several motor vehicle violations. During the traffic stop, they identified the driver as Powell and the passenger as Adkins.

Police say that while speaking with Powell and Adkins, investigators noticed several indicators of criminal activity. They requested a K-9 from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack. After receiving a positive K-9 alert for the presence of narcotics, GEU Troopers conducted a probable cause search of Powell’s vehicle and discovered suspected heroin and fentanyl along with cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana. Powell and Adkins were arrested and transported to the North East Barrack and were charged accordingly.

Gang Enforcement Unit troopers later served a search and seizure warrant on Powell’s residence and discovered the following:

• Taurus PT738 .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol

• One magazine containing 6 .380 caliber cartridges

• One box of Blazer Brass .380 caliber ammunition

• Additional heroin/fentanyl, prescription pills, psilocybin mushrooms, and marijuana

This investigation was a coordinated effort between the Maryland State Police, Gang Enforcement Unit and North East Barrack and the MSP Forensic Sciences Division under the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN). The case was successfully prosecuted by the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office.


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