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St. Mary’s County narcotics detectives’ surveillance last December of three people, two of them Charles County residents, in parking lots near Mechanicsville led to their arrest and the seizure of pills valued at more than $5,500, police reported, followed by grand jurors indicting one of the suspects on felony drug charges.

The investigation ultimately determined that 4,965 oxycodone pills, with a street value of more than $74,000, and 8,095 methadone pills, with a street value of more than $80,000, were obtained within a 1-year period, according to the detectives’ commander, and that the pills from seven different doctors were paid for with cash and through insurance coverage.

Kimberly Annette Taylor, 44, of Mechanicsville was released on a $10,000 district court bond after her arrest this month on the indictment charging her with the unlawful possession of suboxone with the intent to distribute the drug, and the unlawful possession of oxycodone with the intent to distribute that drug.

Two men also were charged with drug crimes through the investigation.

Elijah Collier, 34, of La Plata was released from custody last December on 10 percent of $3,000 bond and faces trial in June in St. Mary’s District Court on five drug misdemeanor drug possession charges, filed with court papers alleging he was caught with methadone, oxycodone, alprazolam, clonazepam and Ambien.

Jason Neil Lanham, 33, of Bel Alton received a suspended 90-day sentence and was fined $92 plus court costs on his guilty plea last month to an attempted drug possession offense, online court records state. Charging papers alleged that when narcotics detectives interrupted a drug transaction involving Lanham, they found him to be in the possession of suboxone.

On Dec. 21, police reports state, investigators followed the three suspects and a pair of vehicles from one parking lot to another along Commerce Park Road, where the trio was detained and eventually searched.

Lanham had $793 and three packages of suboxone strips, the police reports state, and he told the law officers that he was there to try to get more of the drug “because he wanted to have enough to make it through until his next doctor appointment.”

Collier had a pill container on a key chain, the police reports state, and he told the officers that the 34 various pills it contained included pills prescribed by Dr. James Harring and pills that Collier “purchased from the street.”

Taylor’s vehicle contained two marked oxycodone containers prescribed by Dr. Vabian Paden, the police reports state, along with a bottle of suspected methadone pills prescribed by Dr. Lisa Randolph, and a computer bag in the vehicle contained a bottle from a clonazepam prescription issued by Dr. Osama Saleh.

The investigators also found an amphetamine salts bottle in the vehicle, the police report states, which had been prescribed for Collier by Harring. The vehicle also contained $576, found in Taylor’s purse.

JOHN WHARTON