Three Salisbury, Maryland residents were charged this week in connection with a drug distribution operation involving a 14-year-old girl who stored and distributed the substances.
According to a press release from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, members of the Community Action Team received information about a house on Pine Way where drugs were being sold.
An investigation found that Brian Elliot, 50, and Victoria Ross, 46, rented the house and allowed Alvin Thompson, 37, to sell controlled substances from there.
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Law enforcement officers also discovered that a 14-year-old girl was possibly involved in the drug activity.
Officers obtained a search warrant and on October 14, 2022, detained Ross, who was with the 14-year-old girl, as they were leaving the residence.
Officers conducting the search found a bag of cocaine in Ross’s vehicle. At the same time, police said, members of the Salisbury Police Tactical Team executed a search warrant at the home on Pine Way.
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Elliot was inside the residence with an elderly woman and another child.
During the search, police found 3.8 grams of fentanyl and 2.18 grams of cocaine packaged for distribution.
Most of the drugs found during the search, police said, were under a pillow on the 14-year-old girl’s bed.
Police noted that “large amounts of CDS paraphernalia” were also found inside the home.
Police accused Thompson of using the 14-year-old girl to help with the operation by storing and distributing the drugs.
Elliott and Ross, police added, were aware of the operation and allowed it to happen.
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Due to the child’s involvement, the Children’s Advocacy Center and the Department of Social Services were contacted to assist with the investigation.
Elliott, Ross and Thompson were charged with two counts each of possession of narcotics with intent to distribute, conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to distribute, contributing to the condition of a child, reckless endangerment and possession of paraphernalia.
They were also charged with three counts of possession of narcotics other than marijuana.