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Salisbury Woman Convicted of Heroin Trafficking

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Jacqueline N. Sheppard Jacqueline N. Sheppard

SALISBURY, Md.- A 40-year-old Salisbury woman is awaiting sentencing as a subsequent offender after a Wicomico County jury convicted her of heroin trafficking, firearms and related charges.

Prosecutors said Jacqueline N. Sheppard was found guilty Monday on a slew of charges, including possession of a large amount of heroin, importation of heroin into the state of Maryland, two counts of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, two counts of possession of heroin, drug trafficking, wear/carry a firearm during the commission of a drug trafficking crime, wear/ carry and transport a handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of a regulated firearm, possession of a rifle by a disqualified person, and three counts of possession of paraphernalia.

The charges against Sheppard stemmed from a June 9 traffic stop made by the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force and several assisting law enforcement agencies.

Prosecutors said law enforcement officers followed a 2014 Volkswagen Jetta occupied by two people as it traveled from Delaware into the Maryland. Once in Wicomico County, Md., officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle of which Sheppard was the alleged driver. Prosecutors said that based on statements made at the traffic stop and a positive K-9 alert on the vehicle, a search was conducted on the car. The search resulted in the recovery of 201 grams of heroin and a Davis Industries P-380 semi-automatic handgun with a magazine containing two live rounds of live ammunition, authorities said.

Police said they located the heroin in a shoe box on the front passenger floor board.  The handgun was located in the center console next to Sheppard’s purse, authorities said. 

Prosecutors said a search and seizure warrant was then executed on Sheppard’s home at 223 New York Ave. in Salisbury. Upon execution of the warrant, members of the task force reportedly located a “Central Machinery” kilogram press with trace amounts of heroin, a digital scale with trace amounts of heroin, paraphernalia and a POF USA Rifle with a magazine and 10 live rounds of ammunition. The kilogram press was located in a detached garage located behind the home, while the rifle was located in the master bedroom under the bed, prosecutors said. 

Prosecutors noted that Sheppard has prior convictions on her record, which prohibited her from possessing a handgun or rifle on June 9.

During the trial, it was revealed that Sheppard and another individual had traveled to New Jersey to buy the heroin. Prosecutors said the jury was able to conclude that based on the quantity and packaging of the heroin, when combined with the handgun, scale, kilogram press and paraphernalia, that Sheppard possessed the heroin for distribution.

Sheppard awaits sentencing as a subsequent offender as Sheppard was convicted in 2001 in two separate cases of possession of a narcotic.

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