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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thurmont Heroin Dealer Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison

Sold Heroin to a Customer Resulting in the Man’s Death

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Kathleen Elizabeth Myers, age 21, of Thurmont, Maryland today to 7 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin. Judge Quarles also ordered Myers to pay more than $7,000 in restitution, to cover the medical costs and funeral expenses of the person who died after Myers and a co-defendant supplied him with heroin.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Gary Tuggle of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office; Frederick County Sheriff Charles A. “Chuck” Jenkins; and Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

According to Myers’ plea agreement, between July 2012 and June 2014, Myers conspired with others, including Jacob Alexander Powell, to distribute heroin in western Maryland. Myers and Powel regularly obtained heroin from sources in Baltimore and re-sold that heroin to customers in and around Thurmont and Emmitsburg, Maryland.

On June 11, 2013, Myers and Powell sold heroin to Derek Dunsmore in Emmitsburg. The heroin Myers and Powell sold caused the death of Derek Dunsmore.

Jacob Powell, age 21, of Thurmont, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Judge Quarles has scheduled his sentencing for November 4, 2014, at 1:00 p.m.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised the DEA, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Narcotics Task Force for their work in the investigation and thanked Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony J. Enright and Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert R. Harding, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015