Howard County Police arrest Jessup man for selling heroin, crack cocaine
HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WBFF) -- Howard County Police have charged a Jessup man for selling heroin and crack cocaine.
Diyquane Thompson, 23, was arrested on December 29 after detectives served a search warrant at his home on Wye Avenue and found more than 100 capsules of suspected heroin, 14 vials of suspected crack cocaine, and drug packaging materials for street sale. Police say detectives also found a loaded handgun with an extended magazine, a second magazine, three cell phones and cash.
Police say narcotic detectives began investigating Thompson after receiving a tip that he was selling illegal drugs.
Thompson was taken into custody following the search and has been charged with multiple counts of drug possession, drug distribution, and firearm charges.
Police say the arrest is part of the county’s effort to remove drug suppliers from the streets to address the ongoing opioid crisis.
Last year, Howard County had 228 overdoses, including 57 fatally. That number is up from 43 deaths and 133 non-fatal overdoses in 2016.
Police say the county has implemented several programs to focus on education, community outreach and the use of Narcan.
Narcan was used in 90 percent of the overdoses in 2017 and 2016 in which the person survived.
Thompson is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.