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Thurmont Heroin Dealer Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

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


Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Jacob Powell, age 21, of Thurmont today to seven 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 Powell to pay more than $7,000 in restitution, to cover the medical costs and funeral expenses of the person who died after Powell and a co-defendant supplied the victim 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 Powell’s plea agreement, between July 2012 and June 2014, Powell conspired with Myers and others to distribute heroin in western Maryland. Powell and Myers regularly obtained heroin from sources 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.

Kathleen Elizabeth Myers, age 21, of Thurmont, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced on October 29, 2014 to seven years in prison.

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 27, 2015