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Two Arrested in Salisbury Drug Bust

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Weapons and drugs found during search of home. Provided by Maryland State Police. Weapons and drugs found during search of home. Provided by Maryland State Police.

SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities arrested two Wicomico County residents after a drug bust in Salisbury.

Police arrested 33-year-old Jermaine Peters and 33-year-old Priscilla Hammond at a home on Chateau Drive, where officers recovered heroin and guns. Police say Peters is believed to have been heavily involved in the distribution of heroin in the region.

After consulting with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, Peters was charged with possession of a large amount of heroin, possession with the intent to distribute heroin, possession of heroin, three counts of possession of a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking, three counts of illegal possession of a regulated firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.  Peters was incarcerated in the Wicomico County Detention Center without bond.

Hammond was charged with possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a large amount of heroin, possession of a stolen handgun, three counts of possession of a firearm during and in relation to drug trafficking.  She was released from custody after posting a $25,000 bond. 

The Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force first began this investigation in January 2015, when investigators developed information indicating Peters was involved in the distribution of heroin.  Through the course of the investigation, law enforcement officers say they determined Peters was a large scale distributor of heroin in Wicomico County and the surrounding region. 

Investigators from the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force obtained search warrants for two residences Peters was known to frequent, including a home on the 1400-block of Chateau Drive, and another home on the 1200-block of Jersey Road. The search warrants were served late Tuesday morning. 

Police say they found both Peters and Hammond at the Chateau Road address.  According to police, a search of the home led to the recovery of almost 2.5 pounds of raw heroin, with an estimated street sale value of $500,000. 

Police say they also found two stolen handguns and a military-style long rifle with the serial number obliterated, as well as numerous rounds of ammunition.  One handgun was a .357 caliber revolver that had been reported stolen from Somerset County.  The other was a .40 caliber with a 30-round extended magazine, reported stolen from Worcester County.  The long gun was a .22 caliber assault weapon replica. Investigators also recovered more than $118,600 in cash, believed to be money associated with the drug trade.

Police say when they searched the Jersey Road address, officers found plastic baggies, scales and drug paraphernalia. Police say the person staying at that home was not believed to be involved in the criminal activity.

When police were serving the search warrant at the Chateau Road address, officials say a member of the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit was assigned to a perimeter post at the rear of the home.  As the trooper approached the residence, police say Peters was seen in the back yard of the home, with an adult pit bull. 

According to the trooper, the pit bull aggressively charged at him as he came around a fence.  The trooper says, in fear for his safety, he fired one round from his issued duty pistol and struck the dog, killing him.  No police or civilians were struck by the gunfire. 

The Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit was notified of the trooper’s use of a firearm, as was the Criminal Enforcement Division command staff.  An administrative investigation is underway, as per procedure.  The trooper who discharged his firearm works undercover and, out of concern for his safety, is not being identified. 

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