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Accused Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 15 years in Prison

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Jacqueline Nicole Sheppard, 40, Salisbury (Photo:Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office) Jacqueline Nicole Sheppard, 40, Salisbury (Photo:Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office)

SALISBURY, Md.- A judge sentenced a Salisbury woman to 15 years in prison for possession and distribution of heroin.

A Wicomico County Circuit Court judge sentenced 40-year-old Jacqueline Nicole Sheppard to a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years without parole in the Maryland Division of Corrections.  
 
On October 5, a Wicomico County jury convicted Sheppard of 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.
 
Police first arrested Sheppard on June 9, 2015.  Officers pulled the car over for a traffic stop in Wicomico County. Based on statements made at the traffic stop and a positive K-9 alert on the vehicle, police searched the car and say they found 201 grams of heroin and a Davis Industries P-380 semi-automatic handgun with a magazine containing two live rounds of live ammunition.  

Officers later executed a search warrant on Sheppard's home on New York Avenue in Salisbury. Officers say they found 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 ten live rounds of ammunition. 
 
Police say Sheppard had prior convictions on her record and was prohibited from possessing a handgun.
 
The Wicomico County State's Attorney's office say the facts at trial revealed that Sheppard and Williams traveled to New Jersey to buy the heroin.  Based on the quantity and packaging of the heroin-- when combined with the handgun, scale, kilogram press and paraphernalia-- the jury determined that Sheppard possessed the heroin for distribution.
 
Wicomico County State's Attorney Matthew Maciarello commended the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force, the Maryland State Police Gang Enforcement Unit, the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration for their work in this investigation and their assistance with this prosecution. 

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