HAGERSTOWN, Md. — More than 20 Hagerstown residents were indicted for drug trafficking after the Washington County Narcotics Task Force wrapped up a two month long drug investigation into the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine and spice in the area.

According to the task force, agents made several heroin purchases inside the Washington Gardens Apartment Complex on Security Road, as well as other locations throughout the county. Police say most of these deals happened in broad daylight.

“Some of them were done outside, some were done in the apartments, numerous kids were in the area playing, numerous people out and about,” said Sgt. Jim Robison, Director for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. 

On June 24, multiple law enforcement agencies executed five search warrants. Four were addresses inside the complex and the other was a residence located on the 300-block of Pangborn Boulevard, the task force said.

Out of the five addresses that had search warrants executed, police said two turned up drugs and paraphernalia. In the apartment complex address, Edward Ware Jr. and Cara Jordan were arrested for two counts of possessing a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Robert Lady Jr. was arrested at the Pangborn Boulevard address for controlled dangerous substance common nuisance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On June 29, the task force said agents presented cases to a Grand Jury that resulted in the indictment of 16 Hagerstown residents. On Monday, the following people were brought into custody: 

  • Terry Ernede Jr., two counts of distribution of heroin.

  • Corey Diehl, two counts of distribution of heroin.

  • Christina Boward, two counts of distribution of heroin.

  • Lewis Chamberlain, two counts of distribution of heroin.

  • Cameron Tibbs, one counts of distribution of heroin.

  • Andrew Clopper, one count of distribution of heroin.

  • Stephen McCormick, two counts of distribution of cocaine.

  • Joshua Reed, one count of distribution of heroin.

  • Dwayne Unglebower, four counts of possession with intent to distribute spice, three counts of maintaining a common nuisance for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

  • Patrica Diaz, four counts of possession with intent to distribute spice, three counts of maintaining a common nuisance for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

  • Christine Jenkins, one count of distribution of heroin.

  • Kimberly Thompson, one count of maintaining a common nuisance for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.

  • Michael Romito, three counts of distribution of heroin.

The task force also arrested Shawn Oliver on Monday for having an active warrant out for his arrest for the distribution of heroin, police said. The task force said Oliver was previously arrested by Hagerstown Police Department officers last Wednesday for fleeing on foot from a car accident in the south end of Hagerstown.

After being arrested on July 1, police said Oliver assaulted an officer and was found with a controlled dangerous substance. He was released after posting his $5,000 bond. 

On Monday, task force agents said they found Oliver with a “significant” amount of heroin. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of heroin. He is being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $80,000 bond.

On Tuesday afternoon, the following people were brought into custody:

  • Thor Swenson, two counts of distribution of heroin.

  • William Miller, one count of distribution of heroin.

  • Jazzmen Vaughn, one count distribution of heroin and one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin.

  • Travon Bristol, two counts possession with intent to distribute spice aka K-2 and one count of maintaining a common Nuisance.

While this is small victory for the task force, agents say the community’s drug problem is far from over.

“I mean you can kind of look at it as a small part of the community that we you know are dealing with but we know it’s not just at the end of security road, washignton gardens that end of town, it’s all over the town,” said Sgt. Robison.

Agents say anyone wishing to report narcotics information is encouraged to contact the task force by calling 301-791-3205, emailing drugtip@washco-md.net, or visiting their website at wcntf.net