EASTON — An Easton man and several others are charged in connection with the distribution of cocaine and illegal opioid pills in Talbot County, the Talbot County Drug Task Force has announced.

The Task Force and Easton Police Department’s Drug Unit began a large scale investigation into the importation and distribution of cocaine and illegal opioid pills in Talbot County earlier this year.

Investigators learned that a subject identified as Kevin Darnell Curry of Easton, and several co-conspirators were openly distributing large quantities of cocaine, amphetamine and illegal opioid pills at several local bars, restaurants and businesses in Easton, St. Michaels and Oxford, the task force said.

Curry maintained a close network of associates who routinely aided him with distributing cocaine and illegal pills from these locations, police said. Many of these associates were employed by several of the establishments.

The investigation also revealed that Curry was obtaining large quantities of cocaine from a subject identified as James Dupont Kane of Cambridge. Curry and his network of co-conspirators distributed several pounds of cocaine and hundreds of illegal amphetamine and opioid pills from September to October 2018 in Talbot County.

After consultation with the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office during October 2018, officers served 26 search and seizure warrants associated with the investigation in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.

As a result of the completed search warrants, the following items were seized: more than 200 grams of cocaine, $50,000 of suspected drug proceeds, seven vehicles valued at $200,000, seven firearms, and amounts of crack cocaine, oxycodone pills, adderall pills, anabolic steroids, various cutting agents and other evidence of a complex, long-term distribution operation, police said.

The cocaine seized has an estimated street value of approximately $20,000 to $30,000, according to the task force. Twenty-two individuals have been charged with various CDS offenses and have been arrested.

Upon presentment by the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office on Nov. 14, the Grand Jury for Talbot County indicted and charged 17 individuals with various CDS offenses, ranging from distribution of CDS to conspiring to distribute CDS in Talbot County.

Those individuals were Kevin Darnell Curry of Easton, James Dupont Kane of Cambridge; Jon Michael Hanbury of Easton; Willis Shepley Kemp of Easton, Steven Michael Oristian of Easton, Glen Stephen Lewis Jr. of Easton, Shanika Denise Brooks of Easton, Kristi Liebig Moran of Easton, Damion Rionell Wilson of Denton, Edward Wilmore Smith Jr. of Easton, Paul Eric Jones Jr. of Easton, Veronica Celeste Brennan of Easton, John Patrick Brennan of Easton, Thorn Alexander of Easton, Damon Purnell Gibson of Preston, Anthony Dereraux Duckery of Easton, and Lindsey Jean Vanous of Easton.

The Talbot County Drug Task Force and EPD Drug Unit were assisted by members of the Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office, the EPD, EPD CID, Homeland Security Investigations, Oxford Police Department, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office CID, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit, Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, Caroline County Drug Task Force, Dorchester County Drug Task Force, Kent County Drug Task Force, Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, MSP Homicide Unit, St. Michaels Police Department, and St. Michaels Police Department K-9 unit.

Also, assistance was provided by SWAT teams from MSP S.T.A.T.E. TEAM, EPD Crisis Response Unit, Kent County Sheriff’s Office SWAT TEAM, Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office SWAT TEAM, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office STAR TEAM, Cambridge City Police Department SWAT TEAM, MSP Gang Unit, Natural Resources Police uniform personnel, and Department of Natural Resources Police SWAT TEAM.

The Talbot County Drug Task Force is a cooperative law enforcement effort between the Maryland State Police, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, St. Michaels Police Department, Oxford Police Department, Talbot County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police working in cooperation with the Easton Police Department.

Anyone who wishes to send confidential drug tips to the task force is asked to call 410-820-8940.

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