ELKTON — A man caught with heroin, guns and other evidence when investigators raided an Elkton-area residence in 2018 is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, after accepting a plea deal.
The defendant, Jakeel Dashawn Hammond, 23, of Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute Wednesday, as part of a plea agreement negotiated by Assistant State’s Attorney Patricia Fitzgerald and Hammond’s assistant public defender, Michael Barry Fiol.
Visiting Retired Kent County Circuit Court Judge Paul M. Bowman accepted Hammond’s guilty plea and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation.
Sentencing is set for April 7.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped eight related charges against Hammond, including distribution of heroin mixed with fentanyl and possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime, court records show.
Cecil County Drug Task Force members arrested Hammond on Nov. 2, 2018 while raiding a residence in the 300 block of Willow Drive, which is part of the Winding Brook community off Fletchwood Road, a short distance southwest of the Delaware state line, according to court records.
Members of the Maryland STATE team assisted during the raid, which occurred after CCDTF investigators had developed Hammond as a suspect and had linked him to that residence, court records show.
Investigators found and confiscated five plastic baggies containing heroin, police said. Stamped on each baggie was the word “Diablo,” the street brand name or logo, police added.
Searchers also seized a black digital scale, a rifle, a shotgun, more than 100 rounds of ammunition, $300 and three cell phones, court records show.
Investigators downloaded communication records from the confiscated cell phones and “observed numerous text messages implicating Hammond in the distribution of heroin,” according to court records.
Regarding the seized rifle, shotgun and ammunition, the lead investigator explains in court documents, “It should be noted that Hammond is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a history of drug charges/use.”